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Great article regarding FDA regulation on on health apps.... A key point from the article... "Most health mobile app makers can release their products without pre-market submission to the FDA. Even apps that perform medical device functions will be regulated only if FDA determines they pose a potentially serious risk to a patient’s safety."
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With the rise of mobile applications and emerging platforms launched to improve healthcare, developers are finding they are lost when it comes to understanding HIPAA and privacy guidelines. This confusion is causing healthcare providers to balk at the new technologies in fear of privacy compliance with the new tech products.
In response to growing demand and concern for developers to get it right, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) — the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office that administers and enforces HIPAA privacy rules, has responded saying that they will work with app developers to better define the existing guidelines and work harder to answer the questions companies in this emerging field may have. Including more clarity on HIPAA obligations for companies and services that store data in the cloud.
To learn more about about HIPAA Rules visit the OCR website which contains information and tools that can help address your questions:
In addition, OCR and the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), work collaboratively to develop guidance and other tools to educate all stakeholders regarding safe and secure use of health information technology. These tools are available at
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In a big move that will take Telehealth mainstream, Walgreens is providing round-the-clock access to doctors via their mobile application and website. The service launched in California and Michigan and will gradually be rolled out to other states and markets.
The services lets users consult virtually with MDLive certified physicians. Offers medicine reminders and pharmacy chat tools. The physicians can also prescribe medications for acute conditions. The app is available on both Apple iOS and Android
Bottom Line: Times are changing and how you receive your healthcare is too!
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This yearly study reviews the current state and the future of mobile healthcare. In this year’s report more than 2,000 mobile health app developers, health managers, project managers were surveyed.
This free report contains an in-depth market analysis on the current status and future impact of mHealth app publishing, a breakdown of different app stores, breakdowns of who is publishing mHealth apps today, the business aspect of publishing healthcare apps and and outlook of how the market will look like in the future.
- Medicine is a one of the strongest verticals for mobile app development.
- Health tracking devices have helped push the industry.
- The number of mHealth apps has more than doubled in the last 2.5 years to reach more than 100,000 apps (Q1 2014)
- The two leading platforms are iOS and Android
- Market revenue was 2.4bn for 2013, projected at 26bn by 2017
- Major Sources of revenue for mHealth apps are:
- Services 69% - Subscription and pay-per-use
- Chronically ill patients 31%
- Health and Fitness 28%
- Physicians 14%
- 6 Main Groups:
1. Traditional healthcare players
3. Mobile app specialists
6. Fitness specialists
- There are 3 major reasons that may slow down the mHealth app market growth:
- Within the next 5 years the highest market potential will drift from fitness apps to remote monitoring and consultation apps. Within this period physicians and hospitals will be a top distribution channel for mHealth apps.
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