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Reports from Technical University Add New Data to Findings in Health and Medical Informatics

June 24, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medical Informatics. According to news originating from Milan, Italy, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The huge amount of released medical apps prevents medical app users from believing that medical scientific societies and other accreditation bodies as well, have the resources and the power for assigning to any medical app a quality score. By the time being, any medical app user has, to take the risks related to the frequently insufficient accreditation of that app."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Technical University, "Providing ' clear user-oriented schernas, to be adopted both when putting a medical App on the market and when an App comes to be evaluated by a cohort or single users, becomes crucial. The aim of our research was to define a pictorial identification one-shot schema for a comprehensive user-oriented identification of medical apps. Adopting a pictorial approach is common in software design modeling. To I build up our identification schema we started from the limited number of Apps already available on a web site of app reviews (, and we identified an appropriately large set of attributes for describing medical apps. We arranged the attributes in six main families. We organized them in a one-shot comprehensive pictorial schema. We adopted a traffic light color code for assessing each attribute, that was sufficient to provide simple elements of alerts and alarms regarding a single App. Then, we considered apps from web site belonging to three medical specialties: cardiology, oncology, and pharma and analyzed them according to the proposed pictorial schema. A pictorial schema having the attributes grouped in the families related to 'Responsible Promoters', 'Offered Services', 'Searching Methods', 'Applications Domains', 'Envisaged Users', and 'Qualifiers and Quantifiers'has been identified. Furthermore, we produced a one-shot pictorial schema for each considered app, and for each medical specialty, we produced it also in an aggregated form. The one-shot pictorial schema provides a useful perception of when and where to use a considered app. It fits positively the expectations of potential but different user's profiles."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "It can be a first step towards a systematic assessment of apps from the user viewpoint."

For more information on this research see: A Pictorial Schema for a Comprehensive User-oriented Identification of Medical Apps. Methods of Information in Medicine, 2014;53(3):208-224. Methods of Information in Medicine can be contacted at: Schattauer Gmbh-Verlag Medizin Naturwissenschaften, Holderlinstrasse 3, D-70174 Stuttgart, Germany.

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from S. Bonacina, Politecn Milan, DEIB Dipartimento Elettron Informaz & Bioingn, eHealthLAB Lab Informat BioMed & Sanita Digitale, I-20133 Milan, Italy. Additional authors for this research include S. Marceglia and F. Pinciroli.

Keywords for this news article include: Milan, Italy, Europe, Health and Medical Informatics

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