Modernizing Medicine, Xcertia Aim to Help Enhance the Use of Mobile Health Apps

Specialty-specific health information technology leader, Modernizing Medicine, Inc., announced it has joined Xcertia, a collaborative dedicated to improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of mobile health applications, or apps.

As a member of Xcertia, Modernizing Medicine will collaborate with other leading healthcare organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), DHX Group and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), to help ensure mHealth apps are safe and effective for consumers and have the confidence of physicians recommending them.

According to a provided statement, Xcertia is responding to the challenge that currently available reviews of mobile health apps focus on personal impressions versus evidence. To help address this, the multistakeholder organization wants to develop guidelines that aim to be a trustworthy resource to support consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps. While Xcertia doesn’t plan to certify mHealth apps, it will encourage application of its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of safe and effective apps.

As a new member of Xcertia, Modernizing Medicine joins an expanding and diverse group of industry experts that contribute their insights to develop a trusted set of guidelines for mobile health apps. Xcertia has started the guideline development process focusing on topics such as privacy, security, usability, content and adaptability to clinical practice with the goal of supporting consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps.

“Modernizing Medicine is excited to join Xcertia to help shape best practices and guidelines for the various aspects of mobile health applications such as usability, content, privacy and security,” said Mihai Fonoage, PhD, associate vice president of mobile strategy and user experience, Modernizing Medicine. “Our expertise in the mobile health space puts us in a position to positively contribute to Xcertia’s efforts, working alongside other leaders in mHealth.”

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