Beyond Regulations for Mobile Apps: A Patient-Oriented Solution for Reliably Selecting Mhealth Applications

Pinciroli, Francesco ;   Marceglia, Sara

Despite the increasing availability, use, and expectations, the reliability of mobile health Apps for patients as point-of-care technologies is still under debate. Regulatory bodies provided only partial responses to this issue, whereas tools for orienting patients in the selection of appropriate Apps are still lacking. Here we propose the validation of a graphical tool, the one-shot pictorial schema, as an identity card to represent strength and weaknesses of available Apps.