ATA partners with ORCHA to develop approved app library

The American Telemedicine Association announced a new partnership with the Daresbury, United Kingdom-based Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps this week that’s aimed at giving patients access to safe, effective health apps.  

Using ORCHA’s automated review process, healthcare organizations can assess apps against more than 300 measures of usability, security and quality. The ATA will work with ORCHA to develop a criteria specifically for the U.S. market and will add apps meeting that criteria to the ATA approved library.  

“The proliferation of health apps has created challenges for healthcare providers and patients seeking to find the most appropriate, safe and effective health apps to monitor their health and wellness, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and securely collect and transmit personal health information,” said ATA CEO Ann Mond Johnson in a statement.  

WHY IT MATTERS  

Hundreds of thousands of mobile apps, ostensibly aimed at treating a wide variety of health conditions, are available in stores. But the ability of those apps to actually help patients remains unclear. Furthermore, app stores have no regulation or criteria in place to assist patients or clinicians with choosing one app over another.

It has become increasingly important to equip individuals with knowledge