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AMA forms Xcertia to promote mobile health app best practices

Steve Rogerson
December 21, 2016
The American Medical Association (AMA) has formed a multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, dedicated to improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of mobile health apps. Also on board are the American Heart Association, DHX Group and the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
As a non-profit corporation, Xcertia plans to establish and promote best practices for 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.
“The collaboration builds on each organisation’s on-going efforts to foster safe, effective and reputable health technologies, while complementing our mutual commitment to advancing innovation in medicine, and improving the health of the nation,” said a statement from Xcertia’s four founders. “Our combined expertise, 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 aims to respond to the critical need for a comprehensive effort to develop a framework of principles that will positively impact the trajectory of the mobile health app industry. Xcertia’s guidelines will also be a resource to support consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps.
This collaborative effort plans to incorporate feedback from its members in a consensus-driven process to advance the body of knowledge around clinical content, usability, privacy and security, interoperability, and evidence of efficacy. Xcertia says it will not engage in certifying mobile health apps, but will encourage others to apply its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of safe and effective mobile health apps.
“Secure, real-time access to accurate electronic health information gives consumers, patients and clinicians the knowledge needed to make informed health-related decisions,” said Carla Smith, executive vice president at HIMSS. “As a founding organisation of Xcertia, HIMSS extends its commitment to improving health and healthcare through the best use of IT by championing the creation of guidelines for mobile health apps. With safe, effective and reputable mobile health apps, clinicians, caregivers, consumers and patients can better manage care and maintain their wellness.”
Xcertia has invited other organisations in the patient, technology and other health care communities to join the collaboration and add their expertise to the development of guidelines for mobile health apps.