Dx apps

Harold Lehmann lehmann at JHMI.EDU
Sun Oct 20 02:58:08 UTC 2013

There are apps now in the market touting the ability to diagnose or at
least triage patients on the basis of findings they enter themselves.

Should the Society as some point come up with a formulation or commentary
somewhere of issues for such software? Or recommended Dos and Donts? Or a
statement of the research questions such apps raise? (let alone legal or
even ethical issues). When does convenience and speed trump correctness?
What does "correctness" mean? What would adequate evaluation look like?

McCartney* has a solid editorial.

If this issue has already been discussed, my apologies.


*McCartney M. How do we know whether medical apps work? BMJ. 2013 Mar
20;346:f1811. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f1811. Erratum in: BMJ. 2013;346:f1974.
PMID: 23516158.
Correction in BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1974
(Published 25 March 2013)Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1974

Harold P Lehmann, MD PhD
Professor and Interim Director
Division of Health Sciences Informatics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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