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Letters Benefit of health apps

Practitioners should embrace, not ignore, health apps

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2336
  1. Eamonn Hickey, medical student1,
  2. Brian McMillan, academic clinical fellow in primary care1,
  3. Caroline Mitchell, senior clinical lecturer1
  1. 1Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU, UK
  1. ehickey1{at}

We are currently exploring two of the concerns raised by Husain and Spence—the regulation of health apps and evidence for their effectiveness.1 Android and iOS app stores currently contain more than 100 000 health apps, and the number is constantly increasing.2 The NHS Choices Health Apps Library contains verified apps with trusted information that are clinically safe and comply with data …

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