site launched for Health App Reviews site launched for Health App Reviews

An international health apps website has been launched which brings together independent and volunteered reviews of apps by patients, carers and clinicians. was created by the UK-based PatientView in partnership with several other organisations, including O2 and Vodafone.

At launch, the site had 307 apps, covering 146 health specialties. They ranged from simple exercise apps to apps on how to manage a particular disease or medical condition. PatientView expects the library to expand by several hundred new apps every six months.

Users of the site have the ability to browse by platform, category or language.

The apps that appear on the site have been selected by 456 patient groups, disability groups or consumers, and cover 42 languages. There is a “5 heart” app rating, which covers aspects such as trustworthiness, ease of use, regularity, networking capabilities and ability to self-manage conditions.

The founders state that they hope working with this network will:

  • highlight best practice in health app development

  • highlight the unmet needs of public, patients and carers to app developers

  • bridge the gap between public, patients and carers with app developers to improve the relevance, quality and health impact of apps

A spokesperson for the app said: “tens of thousands of health apps slip outside this new regulatory sphere. What of their standards- their relevance to consumers, patients and the public. This is why the website was developed - as a patient/consumer-centric approach to help bring health apps into mainstream healthcare.”

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