Is that app certified?
With more than 1 million apps available in the Apple Store alone, it goes without saying that there are a lot of options in the marketplace. While five-star rating and the “best of” lists can help consumers make a decision, how do they know that an app is trustworthy?
Now consumers can ask: is that app certified?
Happtique, a mobile-health solutions company and subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association, has released the names of the apps that have passed their first-ever Health App Certification Program (HACP).
The HACP is a voluntary program which enables developers to submit their mhealth apps to be tested in the areas of privacy, security, operability and content. This certification was developed to increase transparency in the marketplace in terms of quality and safety. After passing the HACP program, the certification is valid for two years.
During the development of the program, Happtique worked with leaders across multiple sects of the healthcare industry as well as with federal agencies involved in the regulatory aspects.
“When developing the HACP, we looked both to healthcare accrediting bodies like the Joint Commission and National Committee for Quality Assurance, as well as consumer trust marks like the Good Housekeeping seal,” Corey Ackerman, president and COO at Happtique to Associations Now.
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