Hacking Medicine Institute Announces RANKED Health

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Reviews to Rank Health Focused Apps & Connected Devices

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One of the major challenges facing the community is the inability to filter through the thousands of mobile medical applications in the app stores to identify safe, accurate and effective solutions. - Dr. Maulik Majmudar

The Hacking Medicine Institute (HMi), a non-profit organization, today announced RANKED Health, a program to critically evaluate and rank health-focused applications and connected devices for better disease monitoring and management. A major goal of the program is to provide independent, unbiased and accurate information to help accelerate patient and provider adoption of clinically proven and well-designed digital health solutions. RANKED Health is led by experts from top-ranked teaching hospitals and universities, bringing together clinicians, researchers and patients to solve the challenge of finding trusted digital health products amid an overcrowded marketplace with hyped product claims.

For decades, advancements in medical technologies have been derided as the driver of increased health costs. However, with the introduction and growing maturity of connected health solutions, technology-enabled interventions are poised to dramatically impact healthcare efficiency, quality, outcomes and cost. Modeled after academic journals, the RANKED review process is designed to propel this momentum, helping providers and consumers not only confidently choose new products and services for monitoring and managing specific conditions, but also shed light on unsafe or ineffective applications that pose serious threats to consumer health. The RANKED Health editorial framework for reviews and rankings of the best-in-class digital health products includes mobile applications – and in the future, connected medical devices – that are broadly available for purchase, with ease, through application stores.

The past few years bore witness to the rise and fall of several organizations with a shared goal of reviewing, rating or certifying mobile health applications. Recognizing that those efforts were hindered by trust, credibility and sustainability factors, the leadership team at RANKED Health is committed to making this review program an iterative and collaborative process. The initial set of reviews have been completed, and reviewers are actively seeking feedback and input from industry experts and end-users to ensure the program is aligned with market needs and sentiment.

RANKED Health will be led by Drs. Maulik Majmudar, a cardiologist and associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Adam Landman, an emergency medicine physician and chief medical information officer at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

According to Dr. Majmudar, “One of the major challenges facing the community is the inability to filter through the thousands of mobile medical applications in the app stores to identify safe, accurate and effective solutions. Patients and providers don’t have the necessary information to make an informed decision regarding the use of healthcare-focused mobile apps. They are looking for a credible source to provide summary information on these apps in an easy-to-understand format.”

Call for Clinical Reviewers - Both Experts and Engaged Patients
In tandem with the review program, Hacking Medicine Institute is inviting leading clinical experts to join its efforts to publish research and reviews of the most effective and best-designed new medical technologies. Alongside clinicians, engaged patients and caregivers can contribute meaningful insights, and reviews from non-clinicians with expertise as power users are welcomed. HMi is assembling specialty editors and reviewers who will be published for evaluating new medical technologies and services. Reviewers will also have access to HMi’s consortium, events and proprietary data for publishing further studies on the effectiveness of new digital medical technologies. Interested experts and patients should email reviewers(at)hackingmedicine(dot)org.

About Hacking Medicine Institute
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts — amid the world’s most dense network of scientific institutions, global health organizations, high tech and pharmaceutical companies — Hacking Medicine Institute (HMi) is a non-profit educational institute, convening global healthcare leaders to accelerate data, proof and adoption of effective new healthcare hacks – clever applications of technology. Digital technologies are now the key enabler of new products, re-imagined services and new business models to re-engineer healthcare and achieve the triple aim of increased access, better outcomes and lower costs. Borne out of the MIT Hacking Medicine Initiative, HMi is building a consortium of leading academic, public and private institutions to tackle challenges in measuring, analyzing and judging the effectiveness of digital health products and their combinations with traditional drugs, diagnostics and health services. More information can be found at hackingmedicine.org.


Maulik Majmudar, MD, Senior Editor, RANKED Health,
Board Director, Hacking Medicine Institute

Zen Chu, Board Director, Hacking Medicine Institute

Michael Ann Thomas, VP, Edelman

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