Xcertia Announces Updated Guidelines to Accelerate the Development, Adoption and Use of Safe and Effective Mobile Health Apps

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Public Comment Period Open Through May 15, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Xcertia announced the initial release of its updated guidelines for

mobile health applications (mHealth apps), addressing five key areas of design and development: privacy, security, operability, usability and content.  The Xcertia Guidelines are now available for a public comment period through May 15, 2019.   Xcertia, a non-profit organization that supports the collaborative development of industry guidelines for safe and effective mHealth apps, announced availability of the guidelines at the HIMSS Global Conference taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Xcertia work groups, addressing all five key areas of the guidelines, will be responsible for further updates, ensuring that the criteria within each section of the Xcertia Guidelines is current with the latest thinking and best practices.  Work group members represent a broad mix of industry expertise and experience, including subject matter experts from Partners Connected Health, HIMSS, the Personal Connected Health Alliance, Consumer Technology Association, Medstar, Duke, the Mayo Clinic, the American Association of Diabetes Education and others.

"Our guidelines development is an iterative process and our goal is to include input and comment from key stakeholders at every step along the way," said Xcertia Board Chair Michael Hodgkins, M.D. "Recognizing that privacy and security are paramount to overcoming concerns that are hindering the adoption and use of mHealth apps, we accelerated the release of the privacy and security guidelines in October, to gain the endorsement of our board and other key partners.  We are pleased to release the guidelines, and seek additional comment on all five sections. We are grateful to our work group members for their efforts to create this important guidance for the mHealth market."

In October 2018, Xcertia released a draft of the privacy and security sections of the guidelines for public comment. Today's release incorporates updates to these two sections, as well as new guidelines covering operability, usability and content. The completed  guidelines are expected to be released in late May 2019, following the public comment period, which expires on May 15, 2019.

Interested parties are encouraged to share their comments by visiting the Xcertia website www.xcertia.org, where comments can be submitted on any or all five sections within the guidelines.

"There is a pressing need in the market to establish a framework to evaluate mobile health apps and build confidence among physicians and consumers, that apps are safe, trustworthy and important tools to help people achieve their health and wellness goals," said Dr. Hodgkins. "Xcertia encourages stakeholders throughout the ecosystem to participate in this process and support the implementation of these guidelines in the market."

About Xcertia:  Xcertia is a joint mHealth app collaborative effort pioneered by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Heart Association (AHA), DHX Group and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The collaboration builds on each organization's ongoing efforts to foster safe, effective, and reputable mHealth solutions. Our combined expertise, along with a diverse membership, leverages the insights of clinicians, patients, government agencies and industry experts to help improve patient care. For more information, please visit us at xcertia.org or contact information@xcertia.org.



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