Reach Health Promotion Innovations

Mobile technology for health behaviour change

Another app?

Something we often hear is “There are already so many apps. Why do we need more?” We’d say that, while we don’t necessarily need more health apps, we certainly need better ones. This theme was examined recently on the excellent online scientific forum The Conversation. Many people will not know that while the Therapeutic Goods Administration has guidelines for certain medical apps, there is currently still no regulatory process for non-medical “health” apps. Despite the proliferation of these apps, relatively few are produced or endorsed by recognised health bodies, and it can be hard to tell which are based on evidence, and which are clinically sound. This is not a trivial issue; it has been estimated that 500 million people around the world will be using health apps by 2015. It is indisputable that people want to access information in this way.

We believe that there is a need for people working in the health field to ensure that, when people access information through this medium, they are wherever possible accessing accurate and evidence-based information. This is at the core of what we do. High quality, easy to use, evidence-based mobile applications, rigorously evaluated to show they do what they set out to do.