The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should be given robust oversight regarding mobile healthcare products and technology, states an article published July 24 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Such a role, authors Nathan Cortez, J.D., I. Glenn Cohen and Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.P.H. say, will not hinder innovation but may be a necessary linchpin for safe mHealth tools, devices and platforms.
There's been intense effort over the past several years to try to determine the best regulatory approach when it comes to mHealth technology. Thousands of hours have been spent in meetings, conferences, hearings and conversations, all in a quest to figure out how best to protect patients, foster innovation among developers and creators, and not hurt a burgeoning industry that could potentially be greater than the PC revolution.
Much of it has been focused on figuring out how to wedge mHealth tools into regulatory parameters already in place within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and dozens of other federal and state agencies tasked with making sure what's in the market doesn't hurt the consumer, protecting data privacy and securing information.
But what if we stopped trying to wedge and just started from scratch in crafting a regulatory body specifically for mHealth? Read more...
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