April 25, 2014

Regulatory & Legal

Three Top Challenges for mHealth

By: On March 5, 2013

An editorial in PLOS Medicine argues that the wide adoption of mobile health technologies face three major obstacles.
The first is interoperability, that is, the ability of an app…


Happtique Releases Final Standards for mHealth App Certification

By: On February 27, 2013

Today Happtique has published its final standards for the certification of mobile health apps under the Happtique Health App Certification Program (HACP). As we reported in the Fall Happtique has…


CIO Predicts That 2013 Will be the Year Telemedicine Takes Off

By: On February 26, 2013

Following on the study by the Commonwealth Fund on successful telemedicine programs, CIO Magazine reports on how health care reform and new legislation will enable the rapid adoption of telemedicine…


Congressman Details Plans for Office of Wireless Health

By: On February 12, 2013

Back in September of last year we reported that Representative Mike Honda (D-California) was going to introduce legislation to create an Office of Wireless Health within the Food and Drug…


FDA May Limit Scope of mHealth Regulation

By: On January 31, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not be interested in taking on regulatory responsibility for the vast sea of 40,000 or so mobile health apps according to partner Silicon…


HIPAA Overhaul Falls Short on mHealth Data Protection

By: On January 23, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled its long anticipated revision to the HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). While the new rules tighten compliance…


Trials of mHealth Tools for Disease Management and Behavioral Change Come up Short

By: On January 23, 2013

A meta study of controlled trials of the use of mobile-based technology for disease management or behavior modification has underscored the need for high quality, unbiased research into the effectiveness…


Accuracy of Apps to Diagnose Skin Cancer Varies Widely

By: On January 17, 2013

The accuracy of mobile apps that are designed to diagnose skin cancers varies widely according to a new study reported in the Wall Street Journal. The study, published online by…


HCIT Leaders Offer Predictions for 2013

By: On December 21, 2012

The end of the year always brings a flood of reflections and predictions, and this week InformationWeek Healthcare offered up an aggregation of predictions by health IT professionals. Their 12…


Europe Puts Forth Plan to Ease the Way for mHealth

By: On December 11, 2012

There is a lot of focus on how health care reform in the US is driving, or sometimes impeding, the progress of mobile health tools. But other markets such as…