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The Regulation of Mobile Healthcare

Published on April 2nd, 2014 by in Uncategorized

The world of mobile healthcare is receiving notable federal attention. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established criteria for healthcare apps to be officially sanctioned. As Michelle Taylor of laboratoryequipment.com explains, the FDA is focused on apps that “present a great risk to patients, if they do not perform correctly”. This includes apps that work as counterparts to physical medical equipment and collect or present data or diagnoses. These regulations are not constricting to the mobile healthcare community, rather they provide necessary organization and classification in the growing world of healthcare apps. The FDA’s foray into mobile healthcare provides a new level of safety that helps legitimize the market. Because the regulations are the same across mobile and physical healthcare, patients now have a standard with which to judge mobile apps. One such app is “Airstrip OB” an app that allows obstetricians to monitor fetal heartbeats from their phone. This allows them to keep an eye on multiple patients while maintaining their duties in a hectic labor and delivery area.

With this regulation beginning, now is the time to get into the mobile healthcare sphere. This elite realm of approved apps is going to become a tightly competitive market. Doctors who use these apps to connect with their patients, especially high level specialists who have patients across the globe, will advance beyond their non-technological counterparts. Connectivity and ease of access are in high demand in current society, and newly approved apps provide those features. Doctors can now enter into the mobile world with formality, using approved apps to track and connect with their patients.

These apps provide innovative ways of collecting medical data, and provide a promising view of the future of research medicine. With these in-depth apps, researchers will have better access to legitimate data that will enable them to advance greatly in their research. Right now, the doctors are getting hooked into these mobile platforms; once that is achieved and the mobile collection of data is a mainstream practice, it is highly probable that we will see solutions for diseases that we never would have thought possible. This is, possibly, the biggest hope and benefit of the increase of focus on mobile healthcare and regulation of medical apps.

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