Recently, the Cancer Prevention Institute of California conducted a study that revealed the shortcomings of existing mobile apps for cancer survivors. While referring to the study in his blog, Drew Madden, a healthcare IT expert, said that the apps lacks basic development and proper testing. Drew went on to explain that most apps that are available in app stores were built without actual human testing to prove their feasibility. According to the data that was released in 2016, close to two-thirds of cancer health medical apps do not attach their affiliation. The failure of medical apps to meet the required standards extends beyond oncology. Most of the 250,000 existing medical apps do not comply with the required medical regulations.
Despite of the numbers of incompetent medical apps, Drew Madden posited that there were some quality apps for cancer patients and survivors. Some of the apps include those developed by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Such apps feature key design elements that are helpful to the users, including tailored data, self-monitoring, self-managed training and communication with healthcare specialists. Competent apps should have the ability to schedule and manage appointments, track symptoms, log medications and record questions and answers, Drew added. Due to the increasing number of unqualified medical apps in the market, the health industry opted for the establishment of a neutral body that would be in charge of reviewing medical apps.
About Drew Madden
Drew Madden has unmatched skills in healthcare IT entrepreneurship. He is talented in building high caliber teams and disruptive brand cultures and partnerships. Since 2010, Drew Madden has served as the president of Nordic Consulting Partners. Nordic is a superior consulting firm whose profile features numerous KLAS awards and top ranking for Epic implementation services. Under his transformative leadership, the company has grown from $1 million to $130 million in annual revenue. Drew serves as the managing partner at Evergreen Healthcare Partners. Previously, he worked for United Healthcare’s Ingenix as an Epic consultant. He began his career as an implementation consultant at Cerner Corporation. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Iowa College of Engineering where he graduated with a BSE in industrial engineering with a special focus on medical systems.