There are over 97,000 mobile health apps but no sure short way to figure out which ones work. Despite there are few common mistakes that we can avoid in order to create reliable mobile health apps. Besides, the market had been unregulated so far with no guarantee if these mhealth apps supplied correct information or not due to which FDA intervenes into smartphone market with app regulations.
The mobile health app market is estimated to reach $26 billion by 2017, according to a March report by Research2Guidance. What most people and mobile app makers are currently not aware of is the fact that FDA regulation can impact the development and distribution of mobile health apps. In fact, FDA has already started questioning companies like Biosense Technologies Private Ltd. about its lack of regulatory clearance (Follow the link above for details).
In order to create reliable mobile health apps you can avoid following mistakes:
Vague Conception: Understanding and addressing the purpose of the people behind their usage of heath apps helps to tailor a solution as per the necessity. A vague concept on the other hand may not work or will be of little value to users. For example, a health app that allows measuring and maintaining health logs ONLY doesn’t serve any special purpose. It will be highly useful to people if it offers solution to better their health with clinical credibility, patient connectivity and data analytics.
Lack of Health Expert Input: Heath information must be accurate which can otherwise impact the well being of the people. Lack of input or validation from health expert while creating mhealth apps is like leaving it to chance as is the case with many mobile health apps currently.
Lack of Regulatory Compliance: Regardless of the user experience, uniqueness or other engaging factors in the mobile health application, lack of compliance toward proposed guidelines related with handling of data from apps may lead to rework that will again cost additional amount.
Insignificance to User-Centric Approach: App developers perceive the development of mobile health application from a technology viewpoint instead of medical. To create a reliable patient experience mhealth app developers have to recognize chronic disease management as a patient-centric activity that requires coordination of many stakeholders and clinical and behavioral expertise.