IMS Health Debuts AppScript Mobile Health Application
The AppScript offering classifies and evaluates more than 40,000 mobile health-care apps currently available for download on iOS and Android platforms.Health care IT performance specialist IMS Health announced the availability of AppScript, a mobile health (mHealth) application designed to help health-care providers and health plans create proprietary formularies based on an objective assessment of health-care app functionality and value. The AppScript Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution classifies and evaluates more than 40,000 mobile health-care apps currently available for download on iOS and Android platforms, categorized by stage of the patient journey. "Today, there is growing recognition of mobile health’s potential to transform health care–to advance doctor/patient engagement and empower consumers to better monitor and manage their own health," Stefan Linn, senior vice president of strategy and global pharma solutions at IMS Health, said in a statement. "That potential can only be realized through a systematic evaluation of the clinical benefits of health-care apps, clear professional guidelines around their use and effective integration of apps with other aspects of patient care." Each app is assessed using the company’s proprietary IMS Health AppScore, which ranks apps based on functionality, peer and patient reviews, certifications and their potential to improve outcomes and lower the cost of care.
In addition, AppScript enables physicians to securely prescribe, reconcile and track app use by patients from any mobile interface, and as part of wellness, prevention and treatment regimens, they can organize these apps into formularies based on their specific patient population and practice preferences.