We're here to help.
First, an idea.
Then, a hackathon.
Here's how it works.
A little more on our process.
Our process is inspired by global initiatives, such as those of Express Scripts in the US, or even the German government, which covers some carefully vetted mobile applications free of charge.
In Canada, more and more employers and healthcare organizations are interested in the creation of hand-picked mobile apps lists. At Therappx, we call those App formularies. Our process in making such formularies is unique:
First, it starts with a robot, which we call our App Crawler. It categorizes each and every health and wellness apps in the two main Stores (Android and iOS) and highlights those that have the most potential.
Second, our team of clinicians (doctors, psychologists, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, etc.) analyze each of the applications that the robot found and determine if they may be useful for their patients in real-world settings.
Third, our clinicians assess the targeted applications based on 46 predetermined safety and efficacy criteria. The objective: Confirm that an application is good, or rather exclude it if it is dangerous. Then, we form expert committees who select the applications included in a formulary.
We could stop at point three, like many others do, but we feel like App formularies aren’t enough to drive user engagement: we carefully categorize mobile applications and other services in a way which allows users to understand how these applications and services may be useful to them.
We have been categorizing and assessing health applications for various customers, employers, healthcare organizations for two years know. In the past few months, we prepared an algorithm to help people select mobile applications more safely and support them in the use of digital products. A preliminary version of the latter powers our COVID-19 application.
We hope it will be useful to the population during these very difficult times. Mobile applications have great potential to help the population incorporate new habits in their daily lives. For more details: