Thompson Comments on How FDA Is Evaluating Medical Smartphone Apps


Bradley Merrill Thompson, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article about how the FDA is evaluating medical smartphone apps.

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into whether smartphone apps that allow patients to monitor their vital signs wirelessly should earn FDA approval before implementation.

The FDA is keeping an eye on app stores to see which medical applications for smartphones might require regulation, said Thompson.

"The FDA is actively engaged in surveillance of various app stores to see if apps should trigger their involvement. Applications where a smartphone is connected in any way to imaging are under scrutiny, in particular. Any app that is used to transmit images to a medical facility requires FDA approval."