Four organizations are forming a new multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps). The initial supporters of the collaboration include the American Heart Association (AHA), American Medical Association (AMA), DHX Group, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
The collaboration, along with a diverse membership, will leverage the insights of clinicians, patients and industry experts to help improve patient care and increase access to data.
Xcertia will respond to the critical need for a comprehensive effort to develop a framework of principles that will positively affect the trajectory of the mobile health app market. Xcertia’s guidelines will be a trustworthy resource to support consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps.
Xcertia will incorporate feedback from its members in a consensus-driven process to advance the body of knowledge around the quality of clinical content, usability for both consumers and health care professionals, privacy and security, interoperability and evidence of clinical efficacy.
While Xcertia will not engage in certifying mHealth apps, it will encourage others to apply its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of safe and effective mobile health apps.
Xcertia’s membership and governing board will be open to broad representation from consumers, developers, payers, clinicians, academia and others with an interest in the development of guidelines for mobile health apps.
Xcertia invites organizations and individuals in the patient, technology and/or health care communities to join the collaboration and add their expertise to the development of guidelines for mHealth apps.
To join AHA, AMA, DHX Group, and HIMSS in this collaborative effort, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.