Meaghan's Minute: FDA Rules for Smartphone Health Apps

Thu, 09/26/2013 - 9:17am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Meaghan's minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we are discussing smartphone apps that consumers use to track and monitor their health.

According to the Associated Press, the FDA will begin regulating a new wave of applications and gadgets that work with smartphones to take medical readings and help users monitor their health.

Industry analysts estimate there are already more than 17,000 medical applications available, ranging from calorie counters to high-tech heart monitors, and the FDA states it will only focus on the handful of apps that turn smartphones into devices, like a heart monitor, or the medical attachments that plug into smartphones, like arm cuffs that measure blood pressure.

The FDA has already approved 75 of these "mobile medical applications," including 25 in the last year.

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