Chances and Risks of Mobile Health Apps


Urs-Vito Albrecht


Bundesministerium für Gesundheit (BMG)


The study is meant to provide insights into current developments and trends regarding the use of mobile health apps. A special emphasis is placed on the areas of prevention, diagnostics and therapy as well as healthcare in general (rural areas, patients with chronic conditions, and the elderly).
Another focus is on the identification of risks that may arise from using health apps (especially with respect to data protection and data security). An appraisal of practical as well as regulatory hurdles to be encountered when using health related apps is given and areas where regulatory intervention may be advised are outlined.
Additionally, there is an outline of the ethical implications of using health related apps in various contexts.
Furthermore, parts of this work deal with aspects that need to be considered when creating guidelines for various stakeholders, e.g. patients as well as medical professionals and developers of health apps.
Points where action by various stakeholders is deemed necessary to alleviate the identified hurdles are also described. This aims at minimizing potential risks for all parties concerned as well as at highlighting areas that require special attention, e.g. by further funding and promotion.


15.08.2015 - 15.04.2016


The full study (German language) can be downloaded on