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Monday, July 16, 2012

FDA to Issue Guidelines for Medical Mobile Apps

According to an article available on the Health Care Finance News website, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could release guidelines for regulating mobile medical apps before the end of this year. The FDA, announced  on July 19, 2011, that the agency was seeking input on such oversight as more of these apps become available for Apple, Android, and other devices. A major hurdle was cleared when Congress enacted the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, giving the FDA the power to implement these regulations. The article also reports that the Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of developing a report regarding "appropriate" regulatory framework for "health information technology," which includes regulating medical mobile apps. The draft guidelines are available on the FDA's website.

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