FDA regulators face daunting task as health apps multiply

June 25, 2012 No Comments

SOURCE: USA Today

Want to monitor your blood pressure and sugar level? Eat healthier meals? Screen yourself for depression? Find out if you need glasses? Now you can do it all with apps on your smartphone. In fact, there are 40,000 medical applications available for download on smartphones and tablets — and the market is still in its infancy. But that growth is in the cross hairs of new regulatory efforts from the Food and Drug Administration.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm now for the ability to use design and to use consumer technology to help improve people’s health at the ground level,” says Andrew Rosenthal of Massive Health, a mobile health app company in San Francisco.

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