Medical Mobile Applications: The FDA Wants You

Yesterday, the FDA announced they want consumer feedback on medical mobile applications

The amount of smartphone applications, or “apps,” is constant increasing. As the desire for constant access to information on the go increases, more consumers purchase smart phones and more developers create ads to fill a need. Now, health care related apps have become increasingly popular, but shouldn’t they be regulated?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that they are seeking feedback on their proposed medical/health care related mobile applications for smartphones.

Currently, the medical mobile apps offer a variety of different functions, from monitoring calorie intake to viewing images from the radiologist. It is predicted that approximately 500 million smartphone users throughout the world will use some form of health care app by 2015.

According to Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, “The use of mobile medical apps on smart phones and tablets is revolutionizing health care delivery. Our draft approach calls for oversight of only those mobile medical apps that present the greatest risk to patients when they don’t work as intended.”

Mobile apps could either a) be used as an accessory to medical devices already regulated by the FDA, or b) to transform a smartphone into a regulated medical device. Get the details here, as the FDA wants your input. Comments for the FDA can be submitted here for the next 89 days. Learn more about mobile medical applications.

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