It Rather Looks Like Many So-Called Health Apps Are Not All That Health Bringing!

This appeared last week:Only 15% of healthcare apps meet safety standards, research revealsOnly 15% of healthcare apps meet minimum safety standards, highlighting a “desperate need” for a proper review process, new research has concluded.Andrea Downey – Oct 9, 2019Health app evaluation organisation ORCHA evaluated more than 5,000 apps against 260 performance and compliance factors and found that majority do not meet the minimum safety requirements.Most no tably, 75% of apps aimed at people with blood pressure concerns and 85% of femtech and pregnancy apps do not meet ORCHA’s quality threshold.Liz Ashall-Payne, ORCHA’s chief executive, said: “We believe that digital health apps are one of the most important tools available to help tackle health issues in an ageing population that’s facing more complex, long-term problems. “The fact that only 15% of apps that we review meet the minimum standards show there is a desperate need to regularly and properly assess the apps available to... This is the initial part of the post - read more by clicking on the title of the article. David.
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