by October 28th, 2013on
The healthcare IT field is rapidly developing and changing. Emerging technology and updated regulations put pressure on healthcare providers and health plans to stay ahead of the curve. Perficient creates a monthly list that explores some of the current topics and issues in health IT. This list examines the most talked about issues and technologies that are currently affecting the industry.
Mobile Medical Applications
Last month, the FDA released its final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications. The FDA will focus on regulating potentially harmful apps instead of policing applications that pose minimal risk to consumers. These more harmful apps include those which are using mobile technology to make a specific diagnosis and those which transform mobile devices into a regulated medical device.
- Final medical app guidance issued by FDA
- New House bill aims to slash FDA’s mHealth oversight
- Risky business: FDA mobile medical apps final guidance focuses on risk to patient safety
- Bill provides guidance on FDA mobile medical apps regulation
- Health IT Regulators Face Challenges as Medical Apps Proliferate
Patient Engagement and Connected Health
With the progression of patient engagement, consumers are looking to become involved in their own care and health. The quantified-self movement helps patients track their health, physical activity, food consumption, heart rate, and more. From mobile apps to worn digital sensors like the FitBit to implanted devices, patients keep track of their own health data – which eventually may be used to create a more personalized experience.
- Partners tackles ‘huge void’ in wellness
- Digging Deeper on Patient Engagement
- Patient Engagement: How To Do It Right
- Need motivation? There’s an app for that
- Tracking your path to better health: The future of personal health monitoring