High user ratings for a mobile medical app don't mean it's accurate, experts stress

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Susan Perry Just because a health-related mobile app is popular and has a high “star rating” from users doesn’t mean the app is accurate or has any value. In fact, such apps can be potentially dangerous, for they can give people a false sense of security about their health.Those points are the key take-home messages from a paper published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The authors of the paper — a team of doctors and researchers from Johns Hopkins University — warn consumers and health professionals alike to be highly skeptical of health-related mobile apps that do not have solid scientific evidence to back them up.“People tend to trust user reviews when shopping online and use them to...

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High user ratings for a mobile medical app don't mean it's accurate, experts stress

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