Modifying the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) to Evaluate Specific Health Applications
10:00am - 11:00amWednesday, February 13
Orlando - Orange County Convention Center
With the explosion of today's mobile application marketplace, there exists a need to better differentiate between the quality of available applications. Specifically, mobile health applications (applications that help either the disabled or are used in a healthcare setting) lack a common rating scale that is neither subjective nor biased. By utilizing the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) and its ability to be customized in a modular fashion for a special population, a quantitative-based scoring system was implemented to better evaluate mobile applications designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Furthermore, a content expert was recruited to refine our custom criteria as well as provide insight into the hard-of-hearing population's desires for specific features in mobile applications.
Design content-specific criteria to evaluate mobile health applications
Identify and engage an appropriate content expert
Identify population-specific needs and implement criteria into rating scale