The moment you feel anything unusual in your body system, before considering seeking doctor’s advice you may turn to your smartphone. Health mobile apps present innovative way to improve healthcare quality and wellness technology. While it’s a booming area of the mobile apps ecosystem, authorities monitoring the flow of information and services rendered by these apps should be reviewed by professional and licensed medical officers.
In light of inevitable mounting demands within the mobile consumer health market for better technology and devices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) steps in to provide guidelines and safeguard public’s interest. In an article seen in their website, this government arm provides more insight on mobile medical apps:
“The FDA has a public health responsibility to oversee the safety and effectiveness of a small subset of mobile medical applications that present a potential risk to patients if they do not work as intended. In order to balance patient safety with innovation, it is important for the FDA to provide manufacturers and developers of mobile medical applications with a clear and predictable outlines of our expectations.”
The agency is still in the process of harnessing feedback from consumers concerning the guidelines they have created for mobile health apps. To make you more aware of what they will be looking at, FDA proposes to have access to supervise risky apps of the following nature:
- FDA-regulated medical devices’ accessories: those utilized to view patient’s record and medical history by healthcare professionals
- Medical device: those that transform smartphones to actual medical machine like ECG
With tens of thousands of mobile apps flooding the market, there will always be an answer to your health queries. There have been interesting medical apps emerging lately. A SiliconANGLE.com article earlier this week noted software that can support autism treatment and one that can serve as a mosquito repellent. Hospital apps that include the viewing of patient’s medical history using iPad and mobile devices are receiving rave reviews as well. And the first mobile app that comes with implantable cardiac devices was launched by Medtronic in June. Meanwhile, the Health Discovery Corporation is tapping Safe Health Apps to psread awareness of and aid in self-assessment of important health issues to users.
When you see figures like $14 billion in App store revenue by 2012, you know that mobile madness is here to stay, and will only continue to reshape our world. Getting much attention right now are mobile apps that are being utilized by various sectors including health. When people start to become extremely dependent on mobile apps, authorities may have to step in to regulate and secure public’s safety.