Modernizing Medicine joins AMA, HIMSS mHealth initiative Xcertia

Modernizing Medicine, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based health IT company, joined a collaborative effort focused on the quality of mobile health apps, the company announced Nov. 29.

The collaborative effort, called Xcertia, was founded by the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, DHX Group and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in late 2016. The collaborators' goal for Xcertia is to develop and deploy guidelines to help mHealth developers evaluate apps for quality, safety and effectiveness.

"Modernizing Medicine is excited to join Xcertia to help shape best practices and guidelines for the various aspects of mobile health applications such as usability, content, privacy and security," said Mihai Fonoage, PhD, associate vice president of mobile strategy and user experience at Modernizing Medicine.

Xcertia will not play role in certifying health apps. Instead, it plans to encourage developers to apply its principles and serve as a resource for clinicians and consumers.

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