Medical mobile applications are a small but growing sector of the mobile market. The latest innovations for smartphones allow doctors to use them to monitor their patients' blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate. With such advancements come challenges, such as protecting patient privacy. Medical mobile apps and remote access healthcare software are facing new hurdles after the Food and Drug Administration declared it would start regulating certain types of apps used in the health care industry. In this New Orleans CityBusiness article, Alisa Chestler comments on the FDA's regulations of medical apps.
"When the FDA released their guidance on how they intend to regulate certain types of mobile medical application, we saw the merger of two incredibly complex and regulated areas: information technology and health care," Ms. Chestler said. "When health care providers are utilizing health IT, they will have a lot of concerns."
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