Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, CARMA 2020 - 3rd International Conference on Advanced Research Methods and Analytics

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Evaluating accredited mHealth applications. An exploratory study
Ana Gessa, Amor Jiménez, Pilar Sancha

Last modified: 02-07-2020

Abstract


There are over 150.000 mHealth apps currently available, but few have
undergone an external quality review. Standards and validation practices
regarding mobile health apps need to be established to ensure their proper
use and integration into medical practice.
This study aimed to explore the attributes of mobile health apps that have
been awarded by a Quality Seal, and how these attributes relate to the apps’
user, developer, category and consumer ratings.
For the analysis of the 30 acredited apps, we collected data from multiple
open data sources. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize h-apps’ key
characteristics, and a chi-squared test was used to determine whether there
were significant relationships between the apps and their quality attributes.
Although the applications analysed are characterised by their heterogeneity,
this research found that seven out of 50 remarkable attributes had significant
influence on the application evaluation process, according to the
recommendations on design, use and assessment of health from
AppSaludable. Only some attributes (adaptation of contents, pilot testing,
and accessibility and usability) were correlated with some apps’ features.
This study can contribute to improving both the processes of validation and
quality of medical care of the citizens and in general, the medical practice.


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