Sunday, November 25, 2012
Experts Warn Many Health Apps Don't Work.
In a 2,200+ word article, the Washington Post (11/13, Sharpe) reports that "both the iTunes store and the Google Play store are riddled with health apps that experts say do not work and in some cases could even endanger people." The report said that "many of these apps do not follow established medical guidelines, and few have been tested through the sort of clinical research that is standard for less new-fangled treatments sold by other means, a probe by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found." According to global market research firm Research2Guidance, almost 247 million mobile phone users are expected to download a health app. The Post said that "in an examination of 1,500 health apps that cost money and have been available since June 2011, the center found that more than one out of five claims to treat or cure medical problems."