HL7 CMHAFF Standard Sources of Regulations, Policies, Rules, and References

European Committee for Standardization (CEN)

Quality & reliability for health and wellness apps

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A new CEN Technical Specification for ‘Quality and Reliability of Health and Wellness Apps’ is being developed at the request and with the support of the European Commission. It is due to be completed in 2020. It will help to establish a common framework across Europe for the evaluation of these apps, giving users and health professionals confidence that the apps are fit for purpose, and providing app developers easier access to European markets.

Express Scripts Creates a Digital Health Formulary

Efforts to increase provider and patient safety

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Express Scripts is introducing what they propose is the industry’s first, stand-alone digital health formulary. Identifying that there are more than 300,000 health applications in the market, it is proposed that there is a great need to establish digital health formularies similar to medication formularies. 

Have you considered your privacy rights when using birth control apps?

Assessment of a Wired.com article by Megan Molteni

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Abstract from the article titled, "Before Using Birth Control Apps Consider Your Privacy" posted on Wired.com: "Natural Cycles’ privacy policy states that in using the app each user grants the company and any of its partners broad rights to “use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, communicate to the public, and otherwise utilize and exploit a user's anonymized information.”

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HL7 CMHAFF Glossary

Philosophically, the HL7 Mobile Health group favors using terms that are commonly accepted in the consumer mobile space, in preference to terms that are used only in the EHR space. Simply put, the target user for these devices are consumers, rather than clinicians. However, where terms are used differently in EHR vs consumer spaces, we take note of that, and acknowledge the various uses.

This does not purport to be an exhaustive set of mobile health definitions, but terms are included only to provide clarity within cMHAFF.

See British Standards Institution Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 277:2015 Health and wellness apps. Quality criteria across the life cycle. Code of practice (https://shop.bsigroup.com/forms/PASs/PAS-2772015/) which has a good set of Terms and Definitions (section 3).

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