The American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), and ORCHA, the Organization for the Review of Care and Health Applications, have announced a new U.S. framework for assessing digital health technologies, including mobile apps and web-based tools used by healthcare professionals and consumers. ACP also announced the launch of a pilot test of a database of digital health tools reviewed against the framework by ORCHA.
The Digital Health Assessment Framework is intended to be an open framework, accessible for anyone to use, to support the adoption of high-quality digital health technologies and help healthcare professionals and patients make better-informed decisions about which digital health tools best suit their needs. The Framework includes components to assess privacy and security, clinical assurance and safety, and usability, and was crafted to support U.S.-specific guidelines, regulations and best practices for digital health technologies.
According to ACP president Ryan D. Mire, ACP’s collaboration on this project is an important step forward in identifying and creating digital health tools that are valuable and safe for its members and patients. Leveraging the clinical expertise of ACP members, the technology expertise of the ATA members, and ORCHA’s experience in assessing apps to create libraries of high-quality apps, this pilot test has the potential to address the needs of many stakeholders.Click here to read the original press release.