11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Enabling Prescription-based Health Apps

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1145/3154862.3154911,
        author={Venet Osmani and Stefano Forti and Oscar Mayora and Diego Conforti},
        title={Enabling Prescription-based Health Apps},
        proceedings={11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        keywords={health app prescription; medical apps; mobile apps; smartphone apps; personal health records; trec phr},
  • Venet Osmani
    Stefano Forti
    Oscar Mayora
    Diego Conforti
    Year: 2018
    Enabling Prescription-based Health Apps
    DOI: 10.1145/3154862.3154911
Venet Osmani,*, Stefano Forti1, Oscar Mayora1, Diego Conforti2
  • 1: Fondazione Bruno Kessler
  • 2: Autonomous Province of Trento
*Contact email: vosmani@fbk.eu


We describe an innovative framework for prescription of personalised health apps by integrating Personal Health Records (PHR) with disease-specific mobile applications for managing medical conditions and the communication with clinical professionals. The prescribed apps record multiple variables including medical history enriched with innovative features such as integration with medical monitoring devices and wellbeing trackers to provide patients and clinicians with a personalised support on disease management. Our framework is based on an existing PHR ecosystem called TreC, uniquely positioned between healthcare provider and the patients, which is being used by over 70.000 patients in Trentino region in Northern Italy. We also describe three important aspects of health app prescription and how medical information is automatically encoded through the TreC framework and is prescribed as a personalised app, ready to be installed in the patients’ smartphone.