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The use of real-world evidence for healthcare research and evaluation is growing. Mobile health apps have often overlooked potential to contribute valuable real-world data that is not captured by other sources and could provide data that is more cost-effective and generalizable than randomized controlled trials. However, there are several challenges that must be overcome to realize the potential value of patient-used mobile health app real-world data, including data quality, motivation for long-term use, privacy and security, methods of analysis, and standardization and integration. Addressing these challenges will increase the value of data from mobile health apps to inform real-world evidence and improve patient empowerment, clinical management, disease research, and treatment development.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Publication Date

19/03/2020