The Importance of Evidence for Medical Apps

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The market in medical and health apps is growing exponentially, and yet little is known about their value, safety and impacts. This presentation dissects the various risks that such apps can present for patients, health providers and businesses, examines the ways in which medical apps are being quality assessed, unpicks the concept of ‘evidence’, as perceived by different actors, and discusses the need for strong evidence to validate medical app claims. It also considers issues for the globalization of mHealth and its implications for apps regulation and control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Archives of the Royal Society of Medicine
PublisherRoyal Society of Medicine, London
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2014
Event"Playing games, using apps, promoting wellbeing": Royal Society of Medicine - Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201410 Apr 2014,-using-apps,-promoting-wellbeing.aspx


Conference"Playing games, using apps, promoting wellbeing"
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • mHealth
  • eHealth
  • Digital Health
  • Apps
  • Gaming
  • Governance
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Evaluation
  • Accreditation
  • Health technology
  • Ethics
  • Patient Safety


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