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In Search of a Few Good Apps

In Search of a Few Good Apps Opinion VIEWPOINT mHealth apps are mobile device applications in- feasibly review the quality of the most widely used and Adam C. Powell, PhD tended to improve health outcomes, deliver health care clinically useful mHealth apps. Furthermore, guidelines Payer + Provider Syndicate, Boston, services, or enable health research. The number of apps could be established to help developers build high- Massachusetts. has increased substantially, and more than 40 000 quality apps and to serve as a basis for app review. The health, fitness, and medical apps currently are avail- guidelines might include a broad range of categories, Adam B. Landman, MD able on the market. Because apps can be used to inex- such as safety, accuracy, and security. By telegraphing Harvard Medical School, Boston, pensively promote wellness and manage chronic dis- these guidelines, as well as standardized approaches to Massachusetts, eases, their appeal has increased with health reform and achieving them, the organization will be able to influ- Brigham and Women’s the increasing focus on value. The bewildering diver- encemHealthappdevelopersearlyintheirplanningpro- Hospital, Boston, sity of apps available has made it difficult for clinicians cess, enabling them to build their apps with these prin- Massachusetts, and Partners Information and the public to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

In Search of a Few Good Apps

JAMA , Volume 311 (18) – May 14, 2014

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2014 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2014.2564
pmid
24664278
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Abstract

Opinion VIEWPOINT mHealth apps are mobile device applications in- feasibly review the quality of the most widely used and Adam C. Powell, PhD tended to improve health outcomes, deliver health care clinically useful mHealth apps. Furthermore, guidelines Payer + Provider Syndicate, Boston, services, or enable health research. The number of apps could be established to help developers build high- Massachusetts. has increased substantially, and more than 40 000 quality apps and to serve as a basis for app review. The health, fitness, and medical apps currently are avail- guidelines might include a broad range of categories, Adam B. Landman, MD able on the market. Because apps can be used to inex- such as safety, accuracy, and security. By telegraphing Harvard Medical School, Boston, pensively promote wellness and manage chronic dis- these guidelines, as well as standardized approaches to Massachusetts, eases, their appeal has increased with health reform and achieving them, the organization will be able to influ- Brigham and Women’s the increasing focus on value. The bewildering diver- encemHealthappdevelopersearlyintheirplanningpro- Hospital, Boston, sity of apps available has made it difficult for clinicians cess, enabling them to build their apps with these prin- Massachusetts, and Partners Information and the public to

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 14, 2014

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