Health Apps: Helpful…Or Harmful?

A woman in a blue shirt looking at her smartphoneThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is seeking input on its proposed oversight approach for certain mobile applications specific to medicine or health care called mobile medical applications (“apps”) that are designed for use on smartphones and other mobile computing devices.

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This approach encourages the development of new apps, but focuses only on a select group of applications, and will not regulate the sale or general consumer use of smartphones or tablets.

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The FDA drew a line between which smartphone medical apps it will regulate and which ones it will not, saying it will focus only on those that turn the phone into an actual diagnostic tool.