Lack of specific healthcare knowledge and ignorance on patient and data confidentiality are among the top reasons many mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises, according to a recent white paper.
Among other reasons listed for mHealth app failures:
- Scarce in-app security measures
- Little security testing
- Weak and improper policies
- Shaggy unstable user interfaces
The assessment comes at a time of big growth in mHealth, as smartphones morph into diagnostic tools, state health agencies build apps for Medicaid consumers and federal regulators begin to approve software for health and fitness tracking needs.