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Too many mHealth apps, too little verification

Concerns about the safety and reliability of mHealth apps are growing and recent articles in JAMA and JMIR provide evidence to support these concerns. But not everyone believes deeper review and critique of apps is necessary. An ex-Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner and

Posted in Apps, Design, Functional programming, Regulation, Software Development, Systems Thinking, Technology, Validation

Collection of PROs – mobile phones provide high response rates

At present, patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are extensively collected using questionnaires completed on paper or web forms. However, for frequent data collection e.g. patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases such questionnaires are impractical. In contrast, mobile phones are ideally suited for frequent

Posted in Apps, Software Development, Systems Thinking, Validation

Apps and the business process model

On 14 June 2013, Martyn Ould presented at our seminar on apps in pharmaceutical R&D on the subject of apps and the business process model. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Martyn began by telling us of

Posted in Design, Events, Requirements Engineering, Software Development, Systems Thinking, Technology

Systems Thinking and Patient Safety

Steve recently came across this interesting publication on the application of systems thinking to patient safety (while recognising that different people can have different interpretations of the concept of ‘systems thinking’): Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation (Volume

Posted in Patient Safety, Systems Thinking

Interview with Sir Jonathan Ive — ‘Simplicity isn’t Simple’

This interview with Sir Jonathan Ive will be of interest to anyone passionate about achieving simplicity in design. To my interpretation, Ive makes the key point that achieving simplicity requires study and careful thinking, and thus learning; which, of course,

Posted in Apple, Design, Systems Thinking, Technology