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[NEWS] FDA decides to go “hands off” on regulating medical apps

 

Photo courtesy Adam Fagan

FDA won’t regulate most medical apps
Photo courtesy Adam Fagan

VentureBeat reports that the Food and Drug Administration has decided that most medical apps for smartphones “pose a negligible threat to consumers.” The FDA has already approved 75 mobile medical apps this year and will turn its attention to the kinds of apps that turn your iPhone or Android into a medical device, most of which require additional hardware and/or sensors. These apps were determined by the agency to be the ones “most likely to put patient safety at risk.” Basically, if an app acts as a replacement for an existing medical device it’ll be subject to FDA scrutiny. As for the other 17,000+ apps out there that don’t require electrodes strapped to your body it’s going to be a wide-open marketplace.

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[NEWS] Ready for Google Health?

Google logoCNN Money reports that Google has launched Calico, calling the new venture a “mysterious new health and aging project.” The project, according to a press release issued by Google on September 18th, is described as “a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.”

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