BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Specialty-specific health information technology leader, Modernizing Medicine, Inc., today announced it has joined Xcertia™, a collaborative dedicated to improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of mobile health applications, or apps. As a member of Xcertia, Modernizing Medicine will collaborate with other leading healthcare organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), DHX Group and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), to help ensure mHealth apps are safe and effective for consumers and have the confidence of physicians recommending them.
Xcertia is responding to the challenge that currently available reviews of mobile health apps focus on personal impressions versus evidence. To help address this, the multistakeholder organization wants to develop guidelines that aim to be a trustworthy resource to support consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps. While Xcertia doesn’t plan to certify mHealth apps, it will encourage application of its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of safe and effective apps.
As a new member of Xcertia, Modernizing Medicine joins an expanding and diverse group of industry experts that contribute their insights to develop a trusted set of guidelines for mobile health apps. Xcertia has started the guideline development process focusing on topics such as privacy, security, usability, content and adaptability to clinical practice with the goal of supporting consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps.
"Modernizing Medicine is excited to join Xcertia to help shape best practices and guidelines for the various aspects of mobile health applications such as usability, content, privacy and security,” said Mihai Fonoage, PhD, associate vice president of mobile strategy and user experience, Modernizing Medicine. “Our expertise in the mobile health space puts us in a position to positively contribute to Xcertia’s efforts, working alongside other leaders in mHealth."
“Xcertia invites highly motivated organizations to join our expanding collaboration, and we are fortunate to have Modernizing Medicine contribute their valuable expertise to setting a clear path for making mobile health apps a trustworthy resource for consumers and clinicians," said Michael Hodgkins, MD, Xcertia’s board chair and AMA chief medical information officer.
This follows Modernizing Medicine’s recent win of the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 UX Awards for its mobile modmed® Kiosk app and the February 2016 announcement of becoming a Contributor Member of CommonWell Health Alliance, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to cross-vendor interoperability that assures provider access to health data regardless of where care occurs. Through both CommonWell and now Xcertia, Modernizing Medicine continues to prove its dedication to improving the health IT community by lending its expertise and resources to causes that work to modernize medicine.
To learn more about Modernizing Medicine and its industry-leading efforts, please visit www.modmed.com.
About Modernizing Medicine
Modernizing Medicine® and its affiliated companies empower physicians with suites of mobile, specialty-specific solutions that transform how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized to increase practice efficiency and improve patient outcomes. Built for value-based healthcare, Modernizing Medicine’s data-driven, touch- and cloud-based products and services are programmed by a team that includes practicing physicians to meet the unique needs of dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management, plastic surgery and urology practices, as well as ambulatory surgery centers. For more information, please visit www.modmed.com. Connect with Modernizing Medicine on our Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Modernizing Medicine is a member of CommonWell Health Alliance.*
Four organizations are forming a new multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps) via the development of the Xcertia Guidelines. 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. To learn more about Xcertia please visit www.xcertia.org.
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