Computer programs or software installed on mobile or other electronic devices.
Software technologies span a wide range of translational benefits and include software that drives medical devices for diagnostics and treatment, desktop or server-installed software to track clinical trials and patient care, and mobile applications for community use intended for education and health management.
Advice from authors on searching for information:
Ratings and number of reviews on search engines and app stores can provide a rough estimate of impact and quality of the software should it appear on these services. Access to self-reported researcher or administrative/in-house data may be required to locate documentation on development and implementation of software technologies and applications.
FDA regulation of medical software has become more complex with open-source mobile application development. See information regarding “software as a medical device.”
Organizations, repositories, websites, and other sources where you can find more information:
Challenges you may encounter while searching for information:
Search engines for commercial software may be influenced by company sponsorship, though some claim to remove fraudulent reviews.
Articles, books, and other publications in translational science using the indicator: