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TUE 18 AUG // 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Alberta Rating Index for Apps (ARIA): Evaluating mHealth Apps for the Pandemic and Beyond


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With Guest Speaker: Peyman Azad Khaneghah, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow
University of Waterloo


John MorrisMODERATOR: John Morris, PhD, FACRM
Senior Clinical Research Scientist
Crawford Research Institute
Shepherd Center


This talk will discuss the Alberta Rating Index for Apps (ARIA), an assessment tool for users and clinicians. ARIA is a user-centered, quality assessment tool that can help rehabilitation patients, family caregivers, and healthcare providers rate the quality of mobile health (mHealth) apps that are available on the app stores and identify health apps that are acceptable. The index rates the apps against the following criteria: purpose, trustworthiness, privacy, security, affordability, ease of use, functionality, target users, usefulness, and satisfaction.


Upon completion of the webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Explain the significance of rating the quality of mobile health applications
  2. Name the Challenges in rating the quality of mobile health applications
  3. Name a few of the current assessment tools and describe their shortcomings
  4. Become familiar with ARIA as an alternative tool to the current rating scales
  5. Discuss the potential uses and applications of ARIA and similar tools in clinical practice and health research


Peyman Azad Khaneghah is an occupational therapist who has recently completed his PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, at the University of Alberta. During his PhD, Peyman developed Alberta Rating Index for Apps (ARIA), an index to help the users of mobile health applications including older adults, their caregivers and health care providers rate the quality of mobile health applications. Peyman’s previous research has been focused on evaluating the rehabilitation and health programs for older adults, and usability evaluation of various health care technologies including personal health records and GPS locator devices for adults with dementia. Peyman is currently working as an occupational therapist in the private sector (medical-legal evaluation) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo (working remotely from Alberta). His current research, funded by a Strategic Investment Program (SIP) grant from AGEW-WELL NCE, is to develop a web-based version of ARIA to make it more accessible to the public.