American Heart Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), DHX Group, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have together launched Xcertia, a non-profit collaboration to promote best practices and guidelines for mobile health apps (mHealth apps).
The new multi-stakeholder alliance is dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps). The collaboration intends to hasten the development and market implementation of digital health innovations. The partnership will open its membership and governing board participation to diverse players. Xcertia will utilise the knowledge and insights ofconsumers, developers, patients, clinicians, academia, industry experts and othersto formulate guidelines for mobile health apps.
“The collaboration builds on each organization’s on-going efforts to foster safe, effective, and reputable health technologies, while complementing our mutual commitment to advancing innovation in medicine, and improving the health of the nation,” said Xcertia’s four founders. “Our combined expertise, along with a diverse membership, will leverage the insights of clinicians, patients and industry experts to help improve patient care and increase access to data.” Source
The press release from AMA states that Xcertia will not engage in certifying mobile health apps, but will encourage others to apply its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of safe and effective mobile health apps.
The Need of the Hour
The number of mHealth apps is growing at a rapid rate. With more than 259,000 mHealth apps currently available, medical experts have raised concerns about the accuracy and unregulated status of these apps. Some of these apps help consumers in managingeven chronic medical conditions. Many practitioners have raised concerns about the accuracy and unregulated status of health apps. Therefore, developing a code of best practices for these apps is the need of the hour. The four initial supporters are paving the way to develop a framework of principles that will positively impact the trajectory of the mHealth app industry.
The guidelines formed through Xcertia are expected to serve as an excellent resource to support consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps.
Organizations and individuals in the patient, technology and/or health care communities can join the collaboration and add their expertise to the development of guidelines for mHealth apps.
American Heart Association (AHA) works towards reducing death caused by heart disease and stroke.
American Medical Association (AMA) is a voluntary association of physicians in the US which sets standards for the medicalprofession and advocates on behalf of physicians and patients.
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is a US not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of health care information and management systems.
DHX is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to accelerate the development, implementation, and adoption of sustainable digital health innovations.
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