Abstract: Mobile health (mHealth) could offer unprecedented opportunity to provide medical support closer to the users. We have selected some relevant criteria to describe 100 apps from Google Play store and Apple’s App Store’s top suggestions in medical category. These characteristics were compared based on the paid or free nature of the apps, the target users: consumers or healthcare professionals, and the platform: Android or iOS. Seventeen provided functionalities and 27 medical subjects covered by these apps were also extracted. Our study shows that even in top rated mHealth apps, a high proportion lacks some basic criteria regarding the quality of the apps including the presence of a privacy policy, describing content sources, participation of the target users in the app development, etc. Paid apps did not ensure better quality compared to free apps. The current mHealth market is not mature enough to be used widely and recommended by healthcare professionals.

Learning Objective 1: We review the landscape of current iOS and Android mobile healthcare apps for both consumers and healthcare professionals.

After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to :

Understand why the mHealth market needs regulatory rules.

Identify the right mHealth apps based on relevant criteria.

Making better selections given the abundance of mHealth apps.


Pierre-Antoine Fougerouse, Stanford University
Mobin Yasini, DMD Santé
Guillaume Marchand, DMD Santé
Oliver Aalami (Presenter)
Stanford University

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