To say it's been a busy few months regarding regulatory actions in the healthcare space would be an understatement. To that end, I don't believe it would be sensationalistic to predict this may be a year in which federal agencies make landmark decisions and establish strategies and historical markers when it comes to mHealth technology oversight.
The Federal Trade Commission last week settled charges against a Texas game vendor allegedly making unsubstantiated claims that its software improved children's memory, behavior and focus, and helped those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights is working with ACT- The App Association to provide clearer and more accessible regulatory guidance relating to HIPAA rules, and to address issues and concerns mHealth app developers are facing regarding federal oversight.
The first set of mobile apps for diabetics looking to share data collected by continuous glucose monitors can head to market thanks to a green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The American Red Cross' First Aid mobile app, and KidsDoc--an app created by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Self Care Decisions--lead the way when it comes to top health and medical applications, according to a pair of reviews of health apps currently available in the iOS and Android app stores by HealthTap.
Mobile healthcare technology offers tremendous promise, but the lack of compelling content for engaging users and humanizing technology experiences means the promise will go unfulfilled, writes Howard Steinberg, an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Westport Innovation HUB, in a guest post at Forbes.
A Florida healthcare provider is tapping a mobile app and tablets to foster better communication among caregivers and enhance its patients' hospital experiences.
A North Carolina mobile health start-up says its newly launched mobile communication system simplifies a chronic care patient's clinical experiences from appointment management to document sharing, and helps providers meet federal mandates to attain incentives offered by the Medicare Chronic Care Management Program.
The advent of mobile healthcare in hospital settings is coming on the heels of likely the biggest tech challenge such institutions faced in decades: the implementation of electronic health record systems. And while it seems natural to expect hospitals to embrace mobile healthcare with enthusiasm, and do it well given the federal government's EHR efforts, that apparently is not the case.
Hospitals are making inadequate investments in mobile computing and communications needs, according to a majority of physicians recently surveyed by the Spyglass Consulting Group.