On 14 November the research and publishing company PatientView is going to launch a search tool to help people find a suitable health app.
The new website (MyHealthApps.net) will be both a search tool and a database giving a complete overview of health and wellbeing apps which were tested by patients. The website will be festively launched on the 14th of November, which includes an exhibition with stands of for example DG CONNECT. You can register for free here.
During May to June 2013, PatientView undertook a pilot survey of 250 disparate patient and consumer groups worldwide. The aim was to determine the qualities people seek in their health apps, learn which of these qualities is the most important, and find out how needs vary among different patients and people. The study was a scoping exercise, with more substantive research by PatientView (in conjunction with myhealthapps.net) scheduled to follow in 2014.
The results of this pilot study have been skewed by the fact that 81% of the participants came from one country (the UK). However, analysis of the data indicates that people who experience similar health challenges (lifestyle issues, for instance, or heart disease) share common needs from a health app irrespective of their location in the world.
The survey results confirm that people specify five main requirements of health apps:
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