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How standards and user involvement can improve app quality: a lifecycle approach

How standards and user involvement can improve app quality: a lifecycle approach
How standards and user involvement can improve app quality: a lifecycle approach
Health apps have great potential to improve the quality of care and reduce costs, but this has not yet been achieved. Unfortunately, there are many low-quality, unsafe health apps, resulting in different types of risks. This Perspective addresses the current failure to adopt standards for the development and implementation of health apps. For each theoretical stage of the app development lifecycle we discuss problems, examples, reasons, and solutions. We believe that adapted versions of existing professional and technical standards and tools developed for clinical information systems, medical devices and medicines could help mitigate risks throughout the health app lifecycle. Adapted standards should bring more effective user involvement and cooperation amongst stakeholders. We argue that these efforts will ultimately provide users with a wider choice of higher-quality health apps, give healthcare providers access to better quality data, and allow developers to innovate without unnecessary time-consuming restrictions.
health apps, Mobile Applications [MeSH], Medical Device Legislation [MeSH], standards, digital health
1386-5056
54-57
Van Velthoven, Michelle H.
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Wyatt, Jeremy
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Brindley, David
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Van Velthoven, Michelle H., Wyatt, Jeremy, Meinert, Edward, Brindley, David and Wells, Glenn (2018) How standards and user involvement can improve app quality: a lifecycle approach. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 118, 54-57. (doi:10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.08.003).

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Abstract

Health apps have great potential to improve the quality of care and reduce costs, but this has not yet been achieved. Unfortunately, there are many low-quality, unsafe health apps, resulting in different types of risks. This Perspective addresses the current failure to adopt standards for the development and implementation of health apps. For each theoretical stage of the app development lifecycle we discuss problems, examples, reasons, and solutions. We believe that adapted versions of existing professional and technical standards and tools developed for clinical information systems, medical devices and medicines could help mitigate risks throughout the health app lifecycle. Adapted standards should bring more effective user involvement and cooperation amongst stakeholders. We argue that these efforts will ultimately provide users with a wider choice of higher-quality health apps, give healthcare providers access to better quality data, and allow developers to innovate without unnecessary time-consuming restrictions.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 2 August 2018
Published date: October 2018
Keywords: health apps, Mobile Applications [MeSH], Medical Device Legislation [MeSH], standards, digital health

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Local EPrints ID: 423023
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423023
ISSN: 1386-5056
PURE UUID: 3518e39c-9820-4d22-b32a-d9159ae92c42
ORCID for Jeremy Wyatt: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7008-1473

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Date deposited: 10 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 17 Sep 2019 04:08

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Author: Michelle H. Van Velthoven
Author: Jeremy Wyatt ORCID iD
Author: Edward Meinert
Author: David Brindley
Author: Glenn Wells

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