FDA Yet to Review and Approve the Vast Majority of mHealth Apps

FDA Yet to Review and Approve the Vast Majority of mHealth AppsCurrently there are over 100,000 mHealth apps available for immediate download. The apps range from managing general health and fitness, to monitoring and recording vitals. While mHealth apps are designed to be preventative, proactive, and even utilized for treatment and care, only 1 out of every 1,000 mHealth apps has been approved by the FDA.

This is not to say that an app lacking approval is not going to help individuals to achieve their health goals, just that their claims have not been verified. What consumers must keep in mind, is that just because an app is placed on a reputable mobile or online store such as iTunes that iTunes makes no efforts to verify the validity of mHealth apps.

Revenue from mHealth apps is already significant, and is expected to reach over $25 billion annually within the next 3 years. This is why some are hoping for mHealth apps to become a regulated tool, to ensure that consumers and medical professionals can trust and rely on the data gathered.

For a more in-depth look at the proposal to regulate mHealth apps, check out a new report from Healthcare Informatics.

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