Nonprofit Xcertia Formed to Promote Best Practices for Mobile Health Apps | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Nonprofit Xcertia Formed to Promote Best Practices for Mobile Health Apps

December 12, 2016
by David Raths
| Reprints
Initial supporters include American Heart Association, American Medical Association, DHX Group and HIMSS

When you do a web search on articles about mobile health apps and regulation, the term that pops up most often is “Wild West.”  That’s because devices such as exercise trackers fall between the cracks of regulatory oversight of federal government agencies. The recently passed 21st Century Cures Act clarifies that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is not responsible for overseeing consumer-facing health apps.

To help fill that gap of assuring quality and safety of mobile health apps, four organizations have announced the formation of a new, multi-stakeholder collaboration called Xcertia, The initial supporters include the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the DHX Group, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate the development and market implementation of digital health innovations.

As a nonprofit corporation, Xcertia will establish and promote best practices for mobile health apps. Xcertia’s membership and governing board will be open to consumers, developers, payers, clinicians, academia and others with an interest in the development of guidelines for mobile health apps.

“The collaboration builds on each organization’s ongoing 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 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,” they said in a statement.

Xcertia will respond to the need for a comprehensive effort to develop a framework of principles that will 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. While Xcertia said it would not engage in certifying mHealth apps, it will encourage others to apply its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of mobile health apps.

Xcertia invites other organizations in the patient, technology and other healthcare communities to join the collaboration and add their expertise to the development of guidelines for mobile health apps. To join in this collaborative effort, go to the Xcertia website at www.xcertia.org for more details.

The Health IT Summits gather 250+ healthcare leaders in cities across the U.S. to present important new insights, collaborate on ideas, and to have a little fun - Find a Summit Near You!


/news-item/mobile/nonprofit-xcertia-formed-promote-best-practices-mobile-health-apps
/news-item/mobile/labcorp-joins-apple-health-records-project

LabCorp Joins Apple Health Records Project

November 5, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
| Reprints

LabCorp, a provider of clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services, has announced that it has enabled Apple’s Health Records feature for its patients.

This iPhone feature aims to make it easier for LabCorp patients to access their LabCorp laboratory test results, along with other available medical data from multiple providers, whenever they choose, according to officials.

In January, Apple announced that it would be testing the Health Records feature out with 12 hospitals, inclusive of some of the most prominent healthcare institutions in the U.S. Since that time, more than 100 new organizations have joined the project,  according to Apple.

LabCorp test results are viewable in the Apple Health app for LabCorp patients who have an account with the company, and enable integration with the Health Records app. In addition to their LabCorp test results, patients will have information from participating healthcare institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, medical conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals.

Patients will receive notifications when their data is updated, and the Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID, according to officials.

“LabCorp on Health Records will help provide healthcare consumers with a more holistic view of their health. Laboratory test results are central to medical decision making, and broadening access to this information will help patients take charge of their health and wellness, and lead to more informed dialogues between patients and their healthcare providers,” David P. King, chairman and CEO of LabCorp, said in a statement.

More From Healthcare Informatics

/news-item/mobile/himss-analytics-introduces-infrastructure-adoption-model-health-systems

HIMSS Analytics Introduces Infrastructure Adoption Model for Health Systems

October 25, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
| Reprints

HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, announced the introduction of the Infrastructure Adoption Model, or INFRAM, which is designed to measure the technical infrastructure used within a health system.

The INFRAM focuses on five technical subdomains, allowing organizations to benchmark how their infrastructure operates within the following areas: mobility; security; collaboration; transport; and data center.

Similar to HIMSS Analytics’ well-known Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or, EMRAM, the INFRAM is an eight-stage model (0 – 7) that allows healthcare IT leaders to map the technology infrastructure capabilities required to reach their facility’s clinical and operational goals, while meeting industry benchmarks and standards.  The final stage, Stage 7, guides organizations towards optimized information integration, contextualization and orchestration essential for the delivery of higher order local and virtualized care processes.

For reference purposes, Stage 0 on the model represents that an organization does not have a VPN, intrusion detection/prevention, security policy, data center or compute architecture. Stage 3 signifies that an organization has an advanced intrusion prevention system, while Stage 5 represents having video on mobile devices, location-based messaging, firewall with advanced malware protection, and real-time scanning of email hyperlinks.

HIMSS officials note that by identifying specific benchmarks for organizations to reach before they go live with EMR, systems, the INFRAM aims to ensure that a health system’s infrastructure is stable, manageable and extensible. Through this, organizations can ideally improve care delivery and create a pathway for infrastructure development tied to business and clinical outcomes.

 “The INFRAM is a welcome addition to our maturity model suite and addresses a longstanding need – guiding healthcare organizations in securely implementing the infrastructure with which their EMRs are built upon,” Blain Newton, executive vice president, HIMSS Analytics, said in a statement. “We have seen health systems engage with advanced clinical applications, only for them to ‘glitch’ under infrastructure that isn't powerful enough to support their tools. With the INFRAM, healthcare providers can develop a detailed, strategic technology plan that defines their organization's current state, desired future state, and each stage in between to achieve their clinical and operational goals.”

Related Insights For: Mobile

/webinar/clinical-team-communication-and-data-access-palm-your-hand

Clinical Team Communication and Data Access in the Palm of Your Hand

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT

Eisenhower Health, a west coast-based Magnet Hospital, implemented an enterprise-wide solution enabling mobile communications and collaboration across all care teams, linking the entire enterprise, advancing its communications capabilities, creating access to an enterprise directory, and improving care team response and turnaround times.

Additionally, the system provided extensive and comprehensive reporting with data analytics showing where and to what extent response improvements were made, but also providing the information the hospital needed to better utilize the system and make adjustments to improve results.

See more on Mobile

betebet sohbet hattı betebet bahis siteleringsbahis