Label2Enable (May 2022 – 2024) aims at supporting the development and implementation of the EU quality label for health apps. The project builds on the work on the ISO 82304–2 label (inspired by the EU Energy Label and the Nutri-Score front-of-pack nutrition label), which defines requirements for good quality health and wellness apps that can be used by health professionals and patient/citizen.
The project aims to better inform:
- patients, citizens, and carers who seek to use health apps
- health care professionals who seek to recommend or prescribe apps
- regional and national health care systems who seek to reimburse apps
- regulatory authorities who seek to approve use and reimbursement of apps
The project will foster trust on health apps, helping to identify trustworthy applications that are adequately evaluated against predetermined standards by independent entities. The label should make stand out health apps that are legally compliant, protect doctor-patient confidentiality, and meet data security requirements.
Label2Enable also aims at supporting an equal use of health apps. The use of health apps is indeed not yet inclusive. The biggest Users of such apps are found predominantly among younger, more educated and more eHealth literate populations, leaving others underserved and unaware of the benefits they provide. Label2Enable will engage in social policy and stakeholder engagement to enable all patients, citizens, and carers to (consider to) use apps, thanks to the label, supporting communication and trusted recommendations.
The project will also foster the adoption of the label by health care systems and authorities as well as app stores, app libraries and other sources who (seek to) store apps, with the goal of having a cross country recognition. As a result, successful apps that have already been assessed in one country would become available to other countries, enhancing the health sector in the EU and paving the ground to sustainable, equitable and resilient health ecosystem.