Online site to test health apps for usability, trustworthiness

An international health app website has been launched to help patients and the public find the most suitable mobile health apps and test every app it features for usability and trustworthiness.

The site features apps in 47 languages drawn from 146 health specialties, and includes disease-oriented apps for monitoring, tracking and supporting the management of symptoms. Featured apps are given a “heart” rating, based on the extent to which they meet five consumer/patient needs: give people more control over their condition (or keep them healthy); ease of use; can be used regularly; allow networking with other people like them (or with people who understand them); and are trustworthy.

Currently, My Health Apps showcases 307 apps, which have been selected by 456 patient groups, disability groups or consumers as their favorites and there are plans to involve several hundred more every six months.

The site was launched by UK-based research firm PatientView in partnership with GSK, Janssen, Novo Nordisk and telecom companies O2/Telefonica Europe and Vodafone Foundation. PatientView also received assistance from NHS England’s Library of Health Apps, UK government body KTN CONNECT and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT).

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