DALLAS – A new multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, was established last week to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of mobile health apps in a space where there has been little guidance or oversight. Dr. Eric Peterson, chairman of the Center for Health Technology & Innovation at the American Heart Association, an early supporter of Xcertia, spoke with us recently about why the alliance formed and what the future may hold for mHealth technology.
HHTN: Why was an alliance like this one necessary?
PETERSON: Our intent is to serve the marketplace in a positive way, working to bring meaningful clarity and focus to the mHealth space, advancing and enhancing innovative solutions that lead to better health tools and, ultimately, better health outcomes. With that in mind, the parties felt that a collaborative approach would best serve the intent.
HHTN: Do you think the home health technology space is in need of some safety measures/guidance?
PETERSON: We are excited about the depth and pace of health technology development and its application across the health continuum. That said, there can always be ways to improve and our desire is to do what we can to help the market fulfill the promise of technology—namely that by applying tech to health, outcomes can be meaningfully improved.
HHTN: How have mobile health apps impacted the home health care space?
PETERSON: We think mobile health apps have impacted the home health space by offering a unique opportunity to reach consumers where they are and in fairly real-time. The more meaningful and effective those apps can be, the better for both health outcomes and for consumers working to live healthier lives.
HHTN: What does the future of home health technology look like from your point of view?
PETERSON: We see great opportunity for a range of health solutions to provide ongoing help and support to patients and their families as they live their daily lives. There are also opportunities to create a health and data bridge between these solutions and the healthcare system. Smaller, faster, secure technologies as applied to home health and the ever-blending of consumer and patient-facing technologies will increasingly open opportunities for novel care solutions where care is most needed, wherever that may be.