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Comment & Response
September 17, 2014

Certification of Mobile Apps for Health Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California at Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento
  • 2Division of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA. 2014;312(11):1155-1156. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9002

To the Editor A Viewpoint by Dr Powell and colleagues1 highlighted just how difficult it is for patients and clinicians to identify safe, effective mobile apps for health care, with the thousands of apps in the marketplace having received little review or clinical evaluation. The authors called for more “rigorous certification criteria and unbiased accrediting bodies,” claiming the need for certification of apps.