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Do smartphone applications in healthcare require a governance and legal framework? It depends on the application!

Charani, E., Castro-Sanchez, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3351-9496, Moore, L. S. P. and Holmes, A. (2014). Do smartphone applications in healthcare require a governance and legal framework? It depends on the application!. BMC Medicine, 12, 29.. doi: 10.1186/1741-7015-12-29

Abstract

The fast pace of technological improvement and the rapid development and adoption of healthcare applications present crucial challenges for clinicians, users and policy makers. Some of the most pressing dilemmas include the need to ensure the safety of applications and establish their cost-effectiveness while engaging patients and users to optimize their integration into health decision-making. Healthcare organizations need to consider the risk of fragmenting clinical practice within the organization as a result of too many apps being developed or used, as well as mechanisms for app integration into the wider electronic health records through development of governance framework for their use. The impact of app use on the interactions between clinicians and patients needs to be explored, together with the skills required for both groups to benefit from the use of apps. Although healthcare and academic institutions should support the improvements offered by technological advances, they must strive to do so within robust governance frameworks, after sound evaluation of clinical outcomes and examination of potential unintended consequences.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited.
Publisher Keywords: Apps; Ehealth; Mhealth; Smartphone; Technology adoption
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2020 13:23
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/24303
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