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Medical News & Perspectives
November 6, 2013

FDA Lays Out Rules for Regulating Mobile Medical Apps

JAMA. 2013;310(17):1783-1784. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281270

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance for developers of mobile medical apps being used on smartphones, tablets, and other devices for a variety of health-related tasks, from tracking an individual’s fitness to wireless remote control of computed tomography machines.

The FDA, citing industry estimates, said that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will use a health care app by 2015. Some predict apps will allow physicians to diagnose patients with potentially life-threatening conditions outside of traditional health care settings and help individuals manage their health and wellness and gain access to useful information whenever and wherever they need it.