A quality score system

Identify the Most Relevant Health App for Your Health Objectives

AppGuide publishes the health app review report coming from TherAppX, called the TherAppX Review Guidance. It is designed to help you quickly identify important features regarding a given app and compare apps amongst each other using a simple letter-graded score.

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How does it work?

A Quality Score for Every Health Apps on the Market

Details of the Quality Score can be found in each of the app page found on AppGuide.

A Quality Score is calculated for every health apps on the market and track app updates to modify the Quality Score accordingly.

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304 782

July 2022

Score calculation

Unbiased Process

By adding the points of the key elements under each of the 4 domains, we can calculate a percentage that is converted into a letter score according to the following scheme:

  • ≥ 80%
  • 60%-79%
  • 40-59%
  • 20%-39%
  • < 20%

TherAppX review guidance

A Set of Scores to Support Decision Making

Each quality criterion you see detailed here leads to a score for each area (clinical robustness, privacy, security and simplicity).

TherAppX Review Guidance

Latest version v2022-10

TherAppX Review

Classification

Covered health conditions
The developer claims to offer features targeting these health conditions.
Data-oriented features
Features that facilitate health data generation, collection, sharing and interpretation by patients.
Manual monitoring
Patients can manually record information about their health (e.g. blood pressure data, anxiety assessments, mood journals, etc.).
Automatic monitoring
Patients can use a device to automatically record information about their health (e.g. blood glucose sensors, step trackers, etc).
Personal health record
Patients can collect health or medical data for multiple conditions in a personal health record.
Manual data exporting
Patients can manually export data for a clinician or caregiver (e.g. send a report by SMS or email).
Data sharing with clinician or caregivers
Patients may synchronously share their data to a portal or app used by their healthcare professional or caregiver.
Risk warning
Patients may be informed of possible health risks based on an interpretation of their recorded health data.
Clinical guidance based on data
Patients can be guided through the management of time-sensitive events based on interpretation of their recorded health data (e.g. healthcare professional referral).
Diagnostic support based on data
Patients can be informed of the presence or absence of a health problem based on interpretation of their recorded health data.
Care-oriented features
Features that promote self-care and self-management of conditions.
Objective planning
Patients may set objectives or plan actions for themselves to achieve their health goals.
Educational content
Patients may access texts or videos to learn about a condition and how to achieve their health goals.
Guided self-care activities
Patients may access guided exercises or activities to perform actions and achieve their health goals.
Guided self-care plan
Patients may access a series of planned guided steps to perform actions and achieve their health goals.
Online community
Patients may access peer support and interact with clinicians or other patients to achieve their health goals.
Local services
Patients may access information on local or national services relevant to their health goals.
Chatbot interventions
Patients may interact with an automated agent to achieve their health goals.
Action reminders
Patients may receive reminders to perform actions and achieve their health goals.
Auto-generated feedback
Patients may receive feedback based on their recorded actions to achieve their health goals.
Dose calculator
Patients may receive personalized medication dose adjustments to achieve their health goals. May require licensing as a medical device.
Reward system
Patients may receive incentives to perform certain actions.
Manufacturer
Name
Manufacturer name
Location
Manufacturer location

Clinical Robustness

Evidence of acceptability or feasibility
A point is provided to this app if there is at least one peer-reviewed study demonstrating the app's acceptability, as found on a research database (e.g. Pubmed, Medline). The evidence is in the form of a clinical trial, a feasibility study, a review, a survey or other published evidence.
Licensed by a regulatory organization
A point is provided to this app if it is licensed by at least one regulatory organization (e.g. FDA, European Union, Health Canada). A regulatory decision means that a regulatory body has approved marketing for medical purposes after assessing supporting evidence and the tool's safety.
Developed by a clinician
A point is provided to this app if health professionals are involved in its development.
Recommended by an independent organization
A point is provided to this app if it is recommended by at least one independent non-regulatory organization, such as health technology assessment agencies, government, clinical association or research institution.
Clinical value demonstrated by a peer-reviewed study
A point is provided to this app if there is at least one peer-reviewed study proving the app's clinical value, as found in a research database (e.g. Pubmed, Medline). The evidence is in the form of a clinical trial or other published clinical evidence.
Economic value demonstrated by a peer-reviewed study
A point is provided to this app if there is at least one peer-reviewed study proving the app's economic value, as found in a research database (e.g. Pubmed, Medline). The evidence is in the form of an economic study such as a cost-effectiveness analysis.

Privacy

Restricted access to accounts
A point is provided to this app if it does not give information about other apps installed on the device (creator, name, type of account, etc.).
Restricted access to unique device identification
A point is provided to this app if it does not give information about the device's hardware components, which could be used to track the user on different web services.
Restricted access to the phone subscriber identity (SIM)
A point is provided to this app if it does not give information about the mobile phone services and provider, which could be used to track the user on different messaging and phone services.
Restricted access to phone number
A point is provided to this app if it does not give information on the phone number, which could be used to follow the user on services that use this data or to attack using spam, phishing or two-factor authentication (2FA) tactics.
Right to be forgotten
A point is provided to this app if its privacy policy clearly indicates how a user may access, rectify, delete and object to the information collected about them.
Data privacy officer contact available
A point is provided to this app if its privacy policy includes the contact information of its data privacy officer.
Data privacy legislation
A point is provided to this app if its privacy policy indicates which information privacy legislation(s) the developer complies with (e.g., HIPAA, GDPR).

Security

Recently updated
A point is provided to this app if it has been updated at least 1 time in the last 6 months, significantly reducing technical vulnerability and associated risks.
Restricted access to device administrator privileges
A point is provided to this app if it cannot gain administrator access to your device.
Restricted access to device debugging details
A point is provided to this app if it cannot gain debugging access to your device, which could expose privileged details and sensitive information.
Compliant to one or more security certification
A point is provided to this app if it declares compliance with one or more security certifications (e.g. ISO/IEC 27017, ISO 27001, PCI, SOC 2, HITRUST, MASVS).

Simplicity

Easy to understand
A point is provided to this app if it is easy to understand (grade level below 8) as defined by the Automated Readability Index (ARI) readability tool.
User satisfaction on App Store
A point is provided to this app if user satisfaction averaged at least 4 out of 5 stars on App Store.
Free of distracting ads
A point is provided to this app if it is free of unrelated ads during app use.
Sufficient support section
A point is provided to this app if it provides appropriate resources to adequately help users who experience problems with the app (e.g. support section, knowledge base, FAQs).
Shortened version of the privacy policy available
A point is provided to this app if it proposes an overview of the privacy policy of fewer than 150 words that includes a description of the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) processed, purpose and retention policy.
Compliant to a design standard
A point is provided if the app manufacturer declares compliance with one or more design standard(s) related to accessibility, usability, and inclusivity (e.g. ISO 9241, WCAG, ADA, etc.).