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New International Website Will Rate Mobile Health Applications

New International Website Will Rate Mobile Health Applications

An international website to test mobile health and wellness applications has been launched to boost the use of such apps, PMLive reports.

The launch follows the release of a recent study that found that many currently available health apps are underperforming (Tyer, PMLive, 11/20).

Background on Study

The study -- by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics -- examined about 16,275 mobile apps that they determined had "genuine" health content for consumers.

Of those, more than half had been downloaded fewer than 500 times. Five apps made up 15% of all downloads.

Researchers found that more than 90% of the health apps scored less than 40 out of a possible 100 in a screening for functionality (iHealthBeat, 10/31).

Details of Website

The website -- called My Health Apps -- was created by:

  • PatientView, a patient research firm;
  • GlaxoSmithKline;
  • Janssen;
  • Novo Nordisk;
  • O2/Telefonica Europe, a telecommunications company; and
  • Vodafone Foundation.

The site features mobile apps in 47 languages and 146 health specialties (Slabodkin, FierceMobileHealthcare, 11/25).

Each app is given a rating based on:

  • Usability;
  • How much control the user has over their condition;
  • Regularity of use;
  • Ability to network with other users; and
  • Trustworthiness.

At launch, the website included 307 apps, which were selected by 456 groups, including:

  • Patient groups;
  • Disability groups; and
  • Empowered consumers.
The site plans to add hundreds of apps every six months (PMLive, 11/20).

Source

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