There are a plethora of devices to track physical activity, but they're not yet useful for changing behavior, according to a group of researchers. However, they say that the rising wave of mHealth wearables could help solve that problem.
The tool--created by the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT--queries developers about the functionality of their apps and what information their devices will collect. It then funnels information based on relevant rules from the three agencies, FierceMobileHealthcare previously reported.
To learn more about the need for such mHealth development tools, FierceMobileHealthcare spoke with Jennifer Geetter, a health attorney at McDermott Will & Emery. To fulfill the promise of digital health, Geetter says, "the public needs to have confidence that entrepreneurs take data privacy and security seriously." Interview
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