Fitbit

Version: Varies with device | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 2 - General Health
Country: United States
Category: Diet and Weight Loss, Fitness
Released: 18/03/2012
Updated: 10/08/2018
Version: Varies with device
Size: 59mb
Developer: Fitbit, Inc.
Reviewed On: 21/08/2018
This App achieved an Orcha score of 84%

It was assessed as a Level 2 App. These apps are focussed on general health. 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 focussed 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 Security
23.9/30
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Clinical Assurance
39/40
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User Experience
21.1/30
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Developer description
The free Fitbit app is designed to work with Fitbit activity trackers and smart scales. GET ACTIVE. EAT BETTER. MANAGE WEIGHT. SLEEP BETTER. - Wirelessly SYNC your Blaze, Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2, Flex 2, Surge, Charge HR, Charge, Flex, Aria, One or Zip tracker with your Android device. - Track your DAILY GOALS and progress over time for STEPS, DISTANCE, CALORIES BURNED and more - Use GPS to track your RUNS, WALKS & HIKES - LOG ACTIVITIES like YOGA and WORKOUTS to keep you on track - LOG FOOD to see how many CALORIES you consume each day, and manage your WEIGHT over time - COMPETE with FRIENDS with daily or weekly CHALLENGES and compare stats - ALL DAY HEART RATE TRACKING with Fitbit Surge and Charge HR Learn more about Fitbit activity trackers and smart scales at www.fitbit.com See list of supported devices at www.fitbit.com/devices
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features:

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
Carer Support
The App provides features that help those caring for others
Social Support Networks
The App has its own or provides access to social networks relevant to its area of focus
Goal Setting And Gamification
The App allows you to set health and wellbeing related goals and may support games and challenges around achieving that
Alerts And Notifications
The App provides alerts and notifications relevant to its area of focus
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
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This review area looks at what information an App collects from you, what it does with that information and how secure is its handling of that data. For some Apps this is only a minor issue as they don’t gather much information. Other Apps can gather lots of very personal and sensitive information and for these it is important to know how they go about handling this.

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 does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?

This review area looks at what evidence there is that there is a suitably qualified professional or organisation behind the App or that it has been endorsed, accredited or underwritten by such an individual or organisation. It also assesses what evidence there is around user testing and what evidence there is that supports the effectiveness of the App in terms of claimed health benefits. The higher the Level of the App and the more sophisticated its functions, the more crucial this becomes.

Professional Assurance

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

It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was 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 was clear 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.

We evaluate more apps than anyone, so that you can be aware of the good and bad.

Any score below 65% would indicate that an App has some issues that users should investigate further prior to using this App.

Scores below 45% indicate that an App has considerable issues or challenges and in its current form is potentially unhelpful or unsafe.

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