Are health apps the new snake oil?

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While the FDA can review and approve health apps as medical devices, most apps fly under the radar.  This has consequences for both accuracy of health app tools, potential health risks to consumers, and health data privacy issues.  On the other hand, will tighter regulation push developers out of the market, slowing app development in this sector?

Marketplace, an American Public Media business news program, took a look at health apps in a recent radio report.

 

[Lynne M. Fox, Education Librarian]