Mobile Health Apps Get An FDA Push

16 July 2018

The FDA is pushing mobile and digital health apps. Consider the following assessment of mobile medical apps:

[They] may help overcome the siloed, episodic, reactive nature of US health care, whereby patients seek care only after potentially costly health complications occur, and physicians are only reimbursed for expensive in-person office visits that may not reflect the day-to-day reality of the patient experience of living with complex chronic conditions.”

Now consider the authors of that brief summary—which is about as blunt about the dysfunction of the American health care system as it is optimistic about the modern tech that might cure it. They are: Jeffrey Shuren, Bakul Patel, and Scott Gottlieb, writing in a July 2 commentary in the medical journal JAMA

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