Transparency and Quality of Health Apps: The HON Approach

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018:247:656-660.


We are well into the 21st century and the Internet has been around long enough that there are adults who have not known a world without this wonderful tool. And just as time has gone since the beginnings of the Internet, so too has it developed, probably above and beyond the wildest dreams of its founders. These developments, though mostly positive, also have their share of the not so positive. One of these challenges is the difficulty in maintaining accuracy and quality of all the information, data gathered, aggregated or automatically generated being displayed on the Internet on Web websites or via mobile application, and this is a concern in the health domain. In this paper, we attempt to discuss in detail, some of the latest developments along with the challenges each of them entail and proposed Code of Conduct for health apps and connected objects.

Keywords: Code of Conduct; Transparency; mHealth; quality.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Mobile Applications*