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Toward a use case based classification of mobile health applications.

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DMD santé, Research and development department, 51100 Reims, France.


Smartphones are growing in number and mobile health applications (apps) are becoming a commonly used way for improving the quality of health and healthcare delivery. Health related apps are mainly centralized in Medical and health&fitness categories in Google and Apple app stores. However, these apps are not easily accessible by the users. We decided to develop a system facilitating the access to these apps, to increase their visibility and usability. Various use cases for 567 health related apps in French were identified and listed incrementally. UML modeling was then used to represent these use cases and their relationships with each other and with the potential users of these apps. Thirty one different use cases were found that were then regrouped into six major categories: consulting medical information references, communicating and/or sharing the information, fulfilling a contextual need, educational tools, managing professional activities, health related management. A classification of this type would highlight the real purpose and functionalities of these apps and offers the user to search for the right app rapidly and to find it in a non-ambiguous context.

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