Apps could lower costs, but there's a catch

WANT to lower costs and improve health?

There's an app for that.

A Queensland Government committee says mobile technology can improve lives and save the health system money, but there's a catch.

For apps to effectively manage the community's health and well-being, the government must strengthen the way it deals with health organisations and related parties.

The Health and Ambulance Services Personal Committee handed over its Health Promotion Interventions Using Telephone and Web-Based Technologies to Parliament last week.

Committee chairwoman Leanne Linard said there was evidence that encouraging people to improve their health using mobile phones and the internet could "deliver clinically appropriate and cost effective outcomes".

"Effective health promotion requires a multi-strategic approach, must be evidence based and can be strengthened by collaboration with stakeholders, clinicians, primary health networks and the private sector," Ms Linard said in the report.

The committee's recommendations included ensuring evidence-based research under-pinned targeted government funding and rigorous assessments of an app's usefulness before rolling it out

It also recommended ongoing evaluation of health promotion technology, pushing for uniform certification and national standards of health technology and expanding the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service funding beyond 2015. - APN NEWSDESK

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