HAPPTIQUE Medical App Certification

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Private firm Happtique has published certification standards and announced review boards to help hospitals and consumers cut through the crowded medical, health and fitness app marketplace.

Happtique aims to benchmark apps within the healthcare industry and help leading consumers and hospitals in doubt over which ones to use. Until now there has been no official help or certification. 

Happtique standards will help providers and consumers identify apps that deliver credible content, contain safeguards for user data and function, according to a company statement. Its certification standards will complement the objectives of federal agencies involved in the regulation of mobile health apps. 

Depending on how widely adopted the certification process becomes, it could shape the options of app developers. It will give a two- year certification for the app(s) submitted

 

 

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Happtique

 

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https://www.healthcareglobal.com/technology-and-ai-3/happtique-announces-medical-app-certification

 

Summary of the innovation
App developers that want to reach the certification standards will have to submit an application and partake in a review process. The voluntary program will be open to all app developers and will be funded by developer application fees, which will cost between $2,000 and $3,000. The goal is to evaluate apps on a pass/fail basis in 30 days or less.

The development comes one year after Happtique submitted draft guidelines for public comment. The standards evaluate operability, privacy, security and content. There are also performance requirements. Although it received input from regulators like the US Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, they did not formally endorse or approve the certification requirements.

In a phone interview with MedCity News, Ben Chodor, Happtique CEO, said as the mobile health industry has evolved it was time that app developers became more accountable for their products safety. He said the regulatory nature of the healthcare industry justified the certification fee.

“If you are not going to make the commitment to contribute a few thousand dollars for an app that will be used by patients and clinicians then you’d probably think twice about going into a heavily regulated industry. We want every developer to wear that certification badge proudly on their websites.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges,  the largest association representing accredited medical schools in the US, will conduct the content evaluation for apps related to medical and patient education. Intertek , AAMC and CGFNS grouping of Health App Certification Partners will evaluate the performance of health apps against the certification standards. 

Happtique says its standards will help providers and consumers identify apps that deliver credible content, contain safeguards for user data and function, according to a company statement. Its certification standards will complement the objectives of federal agencies involved in the regulation of mobile health apps.

 

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