Pollen

Version: 7.0.8 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 3 - Condition Management
Country: AT
Category: Allergy, Hay Fever
Released: 05/04/2012
Updated: 10/05/2019
Version: 7.0.8
Size: 22mb
Developer: screencode
Reviewed On: 20/07/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 59%.

It was assessed as a Level 3 App. These apps can be focused on general health or supporting specific health conditions. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
11.3/30
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Clinical Assurance
26.1/45
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User Experience
21.2/25
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Developer description
The Austrian Pollen Information Service (www.pollenwarndienst.at) at the Medical University of Vienna provides a pollen forecast for the next three days in your region in co-operation with local and international institutions. Available for: Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Great Britain and South Tyrol. The service includes more than just pollen information (availability varies by region): The personalised pollen information, displayed as personal load, takes your pollen diary entries into account and calculates your personal burden level. Allergic symptoms can be documented and compared with the pollen count in your pollen diary. Personal load, Pollen News, Pollen-Countdown notifications and a reminder for a doctor´s visit are at your disposal (limited availability). The encyclopedia of allergenic plants is available to answer you questions about allergy. New features for version 7.0 (availability varies by region): The start screen shows the hourly forecast for the whole day to inform about the highest burden considering air quality data during different times of the day. This hourly allergy risk is personalised, if you document your symptoms in the pollen diary. The pollen diary was restructured and provides besides a new medication documentation also the request for impaired performance in your everyday life, the time of your highest burden and the time(s) of being outdoors. In addition, the design of the app was revised. Cooperation partners - Germany: German Foundation Pollen Information Service, German Weather Service and the Finnish Meteorological Institute - France: RNSA (Le Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute - Switzerland: MeteoSwiss and the Finnish Meteorological Institute - Sweden: Natural History Museum Stockholm, University of Gothenburg, Pollen laboratory Umeå and the Finnish Meteorological Institute - Spain: European Aeroallergen Network (EAN) of the Medical University of Vienna in cooperation with the Spanish Aerobiology Network (REA), the Finnish Meteorological Institute - Great Britain: European Aeroallergen Network (EAN) of the Medical University and the Finnish Meteorological Institute - South Tyrol: Biological laboratory of the Environment Agency Bozen and the Finnish Meteorological Institute You accept the General Terms of Use by downloading this app: https://www.pollenwarndienst.at/en/our-terms-of-use.html
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Alerts And Notifications
The App provides alerts and notifications relevant to its area of focus
Environmental Data
The App provides information about air quality, pollen levels and releated data
Data Sharing
The App allows you to share information in the App with others or other Apps/Systems
Automated Guidance
The App uses the data it has to provide automated advice and guidance about your health
Wellbeing Tracking
The App allows you to record relevant wellbeing information either manually or automatically using connected Apps or devices
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Data Collection

The data collected about you is capable of identifying that it relates to you

The type of data that it collects is classified as sensitive data.

(Identifiable and Sensitive) - Because of the type of data that this App collects it is particularly important that the App takes the security and privacy of that data seriously and only enables others to see or share this information if you have expressly consented to this.

Data Use

The App does state that it won't share your data in any way with other people without your consent.

The App does allow you to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App doesn't encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It wasn't clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.

Testing

It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App is entirely free to use.

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