The below evaluation is an example of the types of information you may find when using our Model to assess specific apps. This sample evaluation is not intended to enable you to make a decision about choosing these specific apps for actual use, as such a decision is a personal one that you will make based on your own unique preferences, needs, and evaluation. We strongly encourage you to download these apps for yourself and use our Model to conduct your own assessment.
This evaluation was completed May 2020, and is based on publicly available information found by our Panel at that time. In July 2020, APA's contacted the app developers and offered to them an opportunity to provide feedback on these assessments. Comments from developers who responded are included here. These comments do not necessarily reflect publicy available information at the time of the original assessment or presently.
Access & Background
Does the app identify ownership?
Sober Grid, Inc.
Does the app identify funding sources and conflicts of interest?
The app is subscription based.
Does the app come from a trusted source?
Unclear, this is a company with no clear links to national organizations or known SUD organizations.
Does the app claim to be medical?
No, it is a social networking site.
Are there additional or hidden costs?
The app is subscription based (in-app purchases), but is free to download initially.
Does the app work offline?
Though some features might work off line, the primary social networking capabilities/core features of the app do not.
Does the app work with accessibility features of the iPhone/Android? Is it accessible for those with impaired vision or other disabilities?
Privacy & Safety
Does the app declare data use and purpose?
Does the app describe use of PHI?
Yes, uses both personal data and also describes how they use anonymous/deidentified data; does not appear to collect PHI.
Can you opt out of data collection or delete data?
Yes, you can opt out of data collection and ask for data to be deleted.
Is data maintained in the device or on the web?
Some data are maintained on a server.
Does the app explain security systems used?
Yes, they describe how to keep accounts secure and describe using technology to help with this.
What third parties does the app share data with?
They do not describe which third parties they share data with, just that they do and that the data may be used for research.
If appropriate, is the app equipped to respond to potential harms or safety concerns?
Is the app content correct, well-written, and relevant?
Yes, the app is asthetically pleasing and information provided within the scope of the app is relevant for those seeking to network with others with SUD.
What are the relevant sources or references supporting the app use cases?
The reviewers could find no sources or references supporting the app's use cases.
Was there an attempt to validate app usability and feasibility?
What are the main engagement styles of the app?
Peer support, informational, but also offer types of support groups within the app, and recovery coaching.
Do the app and its features align with your needs and priorities?
It is in alignment with the population it serves (though not necessarily for these reviewers).
Is it customizable?
Yes, users can modify their network and how they engage with the app.
Does the app clearly define its functional scope?
Do you own your data?
Data "ownership" is unclear, but users can ask for the data to be deleted, but it is not immediately apparent how data can be exported, if at all.
Can the app share data with EMR and other data tools (Apple HealthKit, FitBit)?
Unclear to these reviewers if these features are compatible with this app.
Is the app for individual use or to be used in collaboration with a provider? If intended to be used with a provider, does the app have the ability to export or transfer data?
This app is intended for individual use.
Does the app lead to any positive behavior change or skill acquisition?
Yes. According to these reviewers, iit promotes recovery.
Does the app improve therapeutic alliance between patient and provider?
We did not participate in the recovery coaching feature of the app, though it is accessible through subscription for those diagnosed with SUD.