Category Archives: mHealth

mHealth, also known as mobile health, is a form of telemedicine using wireless devices and cell phone technologies

Telehealth Intervention Cuts Hospital Readmissions by 31%

A behavioral telehealth management program delivered over a two-month period helped to cut the number of hospital admissions for cardiac patients by nearly a third, reports a study published in theAmerican Journal of Managed Care.  The program improved patient engagement and produced cost savings by targeting patients with heart conditions who needed additional psychological support to cope with their illnesses.

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General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of the draft guidance entitled “General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices.” FDA is issuing this draft guidance to provide clarity to industry and FDA staff on the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s (CDRH’s) compliance policy for low risk products that promote a healthy lifestyle (general wellness products). This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.

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Examples of Mobile Apps For Which the FDA Will Exercise Enforcement Discretion

This list provides examples of mobile apps that MAY meet the definition of medical device but for which FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion. These mobile apps may be intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.  Even though these mobile apps MAY meet the definition of medical device, FDA intends to exercise enforcement discretion for these mobile apps because they pose lower risk to the public.

The FDA understands that there may be other unique and innovative mobile apps that may not be covered in this list that may also constitute healthcare related mobile apps. This list is not exhaustive; it is only intended to provide clarity and assistance in identifying the mobile apps that will not be subject to regulatory requirements at this time.

FDA Examples of Mobile Apps