The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 3 (June 2014) - Page 49

US and UK Working to Strengthen Use of Health IT for Better Patient Care solve the task. These experts are inherently motivated to solve the challenges for, either monetary or non-monetary rewards. Medical app development companies could avail crowdtesting services ranging from fully managed testing services offering to a self-service concept, where the company only seeks access to the testing platform and the expert community when needed. In addition, the company could save on associated overheads, such as hardware and software costs because the community already owns various combinations of different device types, operating system and language versions – a situation that's almost impossible to simulate in an internal lab. Crowdtesting opens a large pool of software testers and domain experts to medical app companies, so selection of target groups could be achieved at different levels of granularity. As the crowdtesting process is fast and flexible by design, it could easily be integrated into existing software release cycles and delivery models, so that the shortcomings could be identified and corrected immediately before the software is released. Crowdtesting also permits testing at different stages of software development - from the prototype evaluation to a final check at the end of the beta stage. The ability to leverage real medical app users and devices helps achieve a substantial cost reduction during development and maintenance phases of the medical app lifecycle. Furthermore, human factors enumerated by FDA could be progressively validated through the various stages of software development through post-deployment and maintenance. As a result, the software quality increases exponentially while simultaneously relieving the app development company of important domain considerations beyond their area of expertise and freeing up their internal resources to focus on core operations. Dieter Speidel is the Founder & CEO of PASS Group, a leading Swiss provider of software and system testing services. n US and UK Working to Strengthen Use of Health IT for Better Patient Care As the use of health information technology grows in both the United States and the United Kingdom, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.K. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt have recently signed a bi-lateral agreement for the use and sharing of health IT information and tools. The agreement strengthens efforts to cultivate and increase the use of health IT tools and information designed to help improve the quality and efficiency of the delivery of health care in both countries. The two Secretaries signed the agreement at the Annual Meeting of the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “While we have very different health care delivery systems and payment models, we both face similar challenges posed by aging populations, increased levels of co-morbid chronic disease, and escalating complexity of care delivery and costs,” Secretary Sebelius said. “By working together, we can more effectively take on these challenges, improve the health IT economy, and the health of the American and British populations.” The agreement signals a formal commitment by both countries to collaborate to advance the applications of data and technology to improve health. “This is a ground-breaking agreement that will help both of our countries use information and technology more effectively to improve care, safety and give