re: When To Ignore That Mobile Health App
As the Director of Happtique's Health App Certification Program, I couldnG«÷t agree with you more. While there are many powerful and innovative apps created specifically for mHealth, it is critical to separate the wheat from the chaff. This is particularly important given the exponential increase of medical, health, and fitness apps in the marketplace (now estimated to be over 40,000 across all platforms). To realize the potential benefits and outcomes of integrating mHealth into patient care and daily life, providers and consumers need the tools to help them identify trustworthy, reliable mHealth apps. That was the very impetus for creating the Health App Certification Program, with identified standards and associated performance requirements. We will assess the operability, privacy, security, and content of such apps, including the source of that content (whether referenced clinical research, claims made, or any other documentation/support). Apps that successfully meet our standards will be granted certification status and receive the Health App Certification ProgramG«÷s seal of approval. We are currently finalizing the standards and intend to launch the Program in conjunction with our certification partners early this year. The Health App Certification Program will play a pivotal role in creating confidence in the marketplace by identifying effective mHealth apps, thereby allowing providers, consumers, and others to truly harness the power of mHealth technology.