AUSTIN, Texas – Xcertia, an industry and government collaborative that supports the development of guidelines around safe and effective mobile health applications, has added four new directors and two ex officio members to its board of directors. The new full members of the Xcertia board of directors are: Murray Aitken, executive director IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science; Ann Mond Johnson, CEO American Telemedicine Association; Dr. William Kassler, deputy chief health officer, IBM Watson Health; and Karen Dunn Lopez, Alliance for Nursing Informatics. “Working in collaboration with Xcertia helps to ensure that virtual care apps are developed and implemented within a consistent framework to the benefit of consumers, providers and technology developers alike,” said Johnson in a statement. The ex officio members are: Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and Dr. Andrew Gettinger, chief clinical officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “Bakul and Andrew will be key voices to influence and support how Xcertia evolves its mHealth guidelines,” said David Vinson, founding director and vice chairman of Xcertia, in a statement. “We believe it’s a significant step forward for the market when industry and government join forces to present a unified voice and positively affect the trajectory of the mobile health app market.” The new board members are now engaged in updating the draft guidelines released in December 2017.
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