Why reviewing apps is not enough: Transparency for Trust (T4T): The Principles of Responsible Mental Health App Marketplaces
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Wykes, Til; Schueller, SM. Why reviewing apps is not enough: Transparency for Trust (T4T): The Principles of Responsible Mental Health App Marketplaces
Digital therapeutics are being touted as having the potential to transform healthcare by improving people’s experience, increasing effectiveness, and reducing costs. A few digital aids are recommended and integral to health services, but much of the e-health field depends on overselling. This business plan seems to be working as the digital health field was estimated to be worth $25b globally in 2017 with one US survey finding that 58% of smartphone users have downloaded at least one health app. The overselling of health apps, which may provide little benefit and some potential harm, needs the health community’s immediate attention. With little formal regulation, a light touch approach to consumer protection is necessary to give customers a modicum of information as a basis for choosing from the vast array of “so-called” health apps.
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