Session ID: 

Modifying the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS) to Evaluate Specific Health Applications

10:00am - 11:00am Wednesday, 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.

Learning Objectives: 

  • 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


Clinical Assistant Professor ,
University of Florida


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Quality Professional
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