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Beyond validation: getting health apps into clinical practice
Fueled by advances in technology, increased access to smartphones, and capital investment, the number of available health “apps”
has exploded in recent years. Patients use their smartphones for many things, but not as much as they might for health, especially
for managing their chronic conditions. Moreover, while significant work is ongoing to develop, validate, and evaluate these apps, it
is less clear how to effectively disseminate apps into routine clinical practice. We propose a framework for prescribing apps and
outline the key issues that need to be addressed to enable app dissemination in clinical care. This includes: education and
awareness, creating digital formularies, workflow and EHR integration, payment models, and patient/provider support. As work in
digital health continues to expand, integrating health apps into clinical care delivery will be critical if digital health is to achieve its
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