Apple Wants Developers to Cite App’s Medical Information Sources

Apple Wants Developers to Cite Medical Information SourceWith mHealth apps populating the Apple App Store in greater abundance with each passing day, Apple is taking steps to ensure the validity and accuracy of medical information presented in approved apps.

According to the admissions of several iOS app developers in recent days, Apple is now rejecting medical apps containing drug dosage information that isn’t properly sourced for accuracy and authenticity.

Further information has now become available that suggests Apple is now looking to ensure the information contained in each medical app is appropriately validated.

iMedicalApps reports that developers are receiving requests to “release or update medical apps rejected on the basis of incomplete metadata.”

Specifically, Apple is requesting information regarding the source of the medical information contained in the app.

“This is an exciting development from Apple as it suggests they are concerned about the potential for misinformation contained in medical apps,” says report author Tom Lewis. “By asking developers to verify the information contained in the app, Apple will encourage developers to cite the sources of the information contained — similar to how medical journals are written. Whether or not Apple has the ability to accurately assess the validity of the sources cited remains to be seen.”

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