The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has released a guide to help health care providers assess and select mobile health applications, CMIO reports (Gale, CMIO, 7/17).
The guide is tailored to small- and medium-sized health care providers (Hall, FierceMobileHealthcare, 7/13).
It states, "While formal, professionally conducted usability evaluations can provide in-depth product comparisons, they may not be a practical consideration for small- to medium-sized practices."
Process for Evaluating Apps
The guide offers a three-step process for evaluating the design, function and usability of apps:
- Assess the health care provider's goals and measurement objectives;
- Check other resources to supplement reviews of market apps; and
- Examine the app's efficacy within typical clinical scenarios.
In addition, the guide contains checklists and other resources to help health care providers select appropriate apps (CMIO