21 types of health apps the FDA could regulate but won't

By Aditi Pai
06:14 am
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#8 Preventative screening apps from established medical sources

HenryFordCancerApp

"Mobile apps that use patient characteristics such as age, sex, and behavioral risk factors to provide patient-specific screening, counseling and preventive recommendations from well-known and established authorities;"

The FDA didn't specify exactly what constitutes a "well-known" or "established" authority, but this would most likely describe an app created by a hospital for patients to gather information and health tips. While Henry Ford Health Systems' app for cancer patients is designed with a patient who likely already has a diagnosis, among other things it offers patients counsel on specific information about their cancer treatment, next steps, and potential trials based on personal factors.