FDA proposes regulating mobile health apps

The Food and Drug Administration proposed the first regulations for mobile health applications on July 19, focusing on products that act like medical devices, The Washington Post reports.

The rapidly growing area, which includes apps such as heart monitors and X-ray viewing boards, are causing some alarm because officials want to make sure they are safe for patients.

The FDA won’t enforce the guidelines until it collects feedback from health care providers and manufacturers during the next 90 days, the article said.

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