Safety concerns with consumer-facing mobile health applications and their consequences.

Saba Akbar, Jessica A. Chen, Liliana Laranjo, Annie Y. S. Lau, Enrico Coiera, Farah Magrabi

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractpeer-review


Despite the growing use of mobile health apps, there is a gap in evidence about risks to patient safety. We invited consumers to report problems they encountered with health apps, and their consequences. Participants reported safety concerns, including errors in information tracking, incomplete information, variation in content quality, and inaccurate output. Consequences of these concerns varied from actual harm to noticeable threats. These findings call policy makers and app developers to address safety risks.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAMIA Annual Symposium - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 20187 Nov 2018


ConferenceAMIA Annual Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Internet address


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