A Review and Comparative Analysis of Security Risks and Safety Measures of Mobile Health Apps


  • Karen Scott Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Sydney
  • Deborah Richards Macquarie University
  • Rajindra Adhikari Macquarie University




mHealth, security, privacy, Apps


In line with a patient-centred model of healthcare, Mobile Health applications (mhealth apps) provide convenient and equitable access to health and well-being resources and programs that can enable consumers to monitor their health related problems, understand specific medical conditions and attain personal fitness goals. This increase in access and control comes with an increase in risk and responsibility to identify and manage the associated risks, such as the privacy and security of consumers’ personal and health information. Based on a review of the literature, this paper identifies a set of risk and safety features for evaluating mHealth apps and uses those features to conduct a comparative analysis of the 20 most popular mHealth apps. The comparative analysis reveals that current mHealth apps do pose a risk to consumers. To address the safety and privacy concerns, recommendations to consumers and app developers are offered together with consideration of mHealth app future trends.

Author Biography

Deborah Richards, Macquarie University

Department of Computing Professor MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY NSW 2109 Australia




How to Cite

Scott, K., Richards, D., & Adhikari, R. (2015). A Review and Comparative Analysis of Security Risks and Safety Measures of Mobile Health Apps. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 19. https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v19i0.1210



Selected Papers from the Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS)