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Will mHealth app certification program help buyers beware?

Certification is not just for EHR systems anymore — now it’s for mobile health apps, too. Happtique, which runs a mobile health app store targeted to the health care industry, has announced plans to develop a certification program for mHealth apps.

The program is currently being developed with guidance from a panel of “blue ribbon” experts, chaired by Howard Luks, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at New York Medical College. The other three panel members are Dr. Franklin Shaffer, chief executive officer of CGFNS International, Shuvo Roy, a biomedical scientist and technologist and Dave deBronkart, a.k.a. e-Patient Dave.

The goal of the certification program is to develop a set of quality and performance standards that can be used to evaluate mHealth apps. However, it’s not clear how those standards will be determined, or what will actually be certified. The panel will be developing the certification program over the next six months. Some of the panelists have indicated that “they’re looking to include criteria for app quality, reliability, usability, consumer engagement, value to the user, cost, simplicity, and interoperability,” according to an article on FierceMobileHealthcare.

Luks told FierceMobileHealthcare the idea is that apps in the Happtique store would be graded granularly, giving them more than just a “thumbs-up” or “thumbs-down” rating.

Providers and hospitals have been asking for a “bona fide mhealth app certification program,” Happtique President Corey Ackerman told eWeek.com, noting that the FDA is unable to evaluate 15-20% of mobile health applications, leaving the door open for Happtique to add additional evaluations.

It will be interesting to see if the Happtique certification carries any real weight with users, and if the certification criteria will be updated on a regular basis. Until then, users will have to make do with crowd-sourced ratings and caveat emptor.

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Will @Happtique #mhealth app certification program help buyer beware? http://t.co/Jib7rwF3 #HealthIT
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RT: SearchHealthIT: Will @Happtique #mhealth app certification program help buyer beware? http://t.co/9LEAjUsL #HealthIT
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Certification panel led by NYMC alum and ortho prof Dr. Howard Luks sets Q&P standards 4 evaluating med apps http://t.co/QQNcsrZa @hjluks
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New #mhealth evaluation tool coming. Right idea. Will developers pay? Will consumers use it? http://t.co/hkZiiq16
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Certification Program 4 Mobile Health Apps http://t.co/ibZfgsQ7 "Developer application fees will fund program" #mHealth http://t.co/kRr6fDzd
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Certification Program 4 Mobile Health Apps http://t.co/ibZfgsQ7 "Developer application fees will fund program" #mHealth http://t.co/kRr6fDzd
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Will the #mHealth app certification program help buyers beware? http://t.co/bvt7EsBw #HealthIT #HITsm #hcsm
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Chaired by NY Med College surgeon RT @HITExchange: Will #mHealth app cert program help buyers beware? http://t.co/GOjD4ZHY #HealthIT #hcsm
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Very good idea. Especially the part of taking away the hen house keys from the Fox, oops! I mean the FDA. My perspective is that the medical community has a plethora of smart people, mostly who do NOT work for the FDA. It is not my opinion but fact that the folks the FDA are supposed to be watching will eventually become invited guests at each others retirement parties. This is a good seaway for the medical community to use UN-cuffed hands hopefully to introduce real scrutiny on apps that must be compliant to regulatory standards and to the actual benefit of the medical community.
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RT @joewhitney_: New #mhealth evaluation tool coming. Right idea. Will developers pay? Will consumers use it? http://t.co/ArmPeexU #in
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