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PilotFish Announces MedDevice Connection App

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII) recently announced a new application called HealthConnect. APHII is the healthcare division of PilotFish Technology, a provider of middleware solutions for the...more

New Smartphone Software Provides Groundbreaking Opportunity for Medical Research

Smartphone applications ("app") are saturating the health care world in numerous and various ways. There is an app to track your sleep, one to track your heart rate, one to track steps and even one to measure your blood...more

Healthcare Legal News Volume 5 Number 2

According to a recent study by Accenture, by 2017 approximately 18 percent of the American public will purchase insurance through exchanges versus relying on traditional employer healthcare coverage or foregoing insurance...more

Increased FTC Enforcement as FDA Deregulates Low-Risk Health IT Devices

The FTC steps up enforcement of misleading software and mobile app promotional claims as FDA deregulates low-risk health IT devices. In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken several enforcement...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #2

New DAA App Brings Choice to Mobile - Bringing consumer choice to mobile applications, the Digital Advertising Alliance released “AppChoices,” a free app that will allow consumers to opt out of tracking on mobile...more

EU Art. 29 Working Party Letter on Health Data and Apps

The EU Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) has published a letter to the European Commission (“EC”) on the scope of health data in relation to lifestyle and well-being apps, following the EC’s Working Document on mHealth and...more

Is Your Mobile Health App HIPAA Compliant?

Mobile health apps (also known as mHealth apps) are increasingly popular with consumers. As of 2014, there were more than 100,000 mobile health apps available on iOS and Android platforms, and total revenue from mobile health...more

HHS to Address Lack of Clarity Regarding Mobile Health

A letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) signals an intent to move forward with providing clearer regulatory guidance relating to the Health...more

Mobile Health Apps are in a Boom Phase – Why is it so Hard for Pharmaceutical Companies to Find Users?

Mobile medical and health applications have been in a boom phase for the past few years, but despite this trend, one group of entities has had trouble breaking into the mobile medical app sphere, pharmaceutical (i.e., pharma)...more

Regulatory Landscape For Mobile Medical Apps (MMAs)

On December 6, 2013, I delivered a presentation on the FDA’s policy on mobile medical apps (MMA) to the Bar Association of Erie County. The event was well attended by attorneys practicing in diverse areas, including health,...more

Mobile Apps: FDA Publishes Its Final Guidance on Regulating Mobile Medical Apps

On September 25, 2013, the FDA announced publication of its final guidance for mobile medical apps. It’s a much awaited move on the part of the FDA....more

Mobile Apps: The FDA Is on Its Path of Enforcement Actions

Mobile health care is one of the most booming industries worldwide, with a strong potential for growth and an excellent financial prognosis. No wonder the industry attracted $900 million in venture capital funding in the year...more

House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Developing Mobile Medical Applications

Nearly one in three cell phone owners have used their phone to look for health information. Approximately 19% of smartphone owners have downloaded a mobile medical application (Medical App). These and many more statistics...more

Is Digital Health Poised To Grow Or Is It Hitting The Wall?

Recently, the Pew Internet & American Life Project (the “Pew Internet Report”) reported that nearly 70% of Americans are monitoring one or more health metrics for themselves or a loved one, but only 21% of those are using a...more

Who Will Pay For Digital Health Apps?

The question of whether or not smartphone apps can play an important role in the delivery of healthcare services has been more or less answered with a resounding yes. From weight loss to diabetes monitoring to diagnosing ear...more

Hot Companies in Digital Health [Video]

With venture capital funding of digital health up 45 percent in 2012, according to Rock Health, we’re hearing a lot about mobile health apps and healthcare IT. You may be asking yourself what is digital health? Michael...more

Social Media and Medicine

The Federation of State Medical Boards recently adopted Model Policy Guidelines for use of social media in medical practice. The use of social media by medical practitioners and the number of mobile medical and wellness...more

“Clear and Conspicuous” FTC Guidance on Marketing Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) recently published a guide, Marketing your Mobile App: Get it Right From the Start, to help mobile app developers understand FTC advertising and privacy rules. ...more

Stickiness Eludes Many Health and Fitness Apps

The New York Times recently ran a story titled, “It’s hard to stay friends with an exercise monitor” that underscored a problem facing many health and fitness apps – the risk that users quickly lose interest. ...more

Venture Investment in Digital Health Effectively Doubles in H1 2012

Venture investment in healthcare convergence technologies soared in the first half of 2012. According to a recent report from Burrill & Co, digital health, into which they group healthcare IT, mobile health and wireless...more

FDA to Finalize Mobile Medical App Rules Following Bill Passage

Yesterday, the Senate approved the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) which provides reauthorization for major components of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) set to expire at the end of...more

Pricing mobile health apps: Will consumers pay?

There are a lot of opportunities to be had creating mobile health apps for consumers. But there are still plenty of questions to be answered about how to build sustainable businesses. Who will pay for mhealth products? How...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

Human-Centered Design Key to Adoption for Digital Health Products

The recent Fenwick Digital Health Investor Summit included a presentation on how to design successful digital health products. Aimee Jungman, VP of Health and Wellness Innovation at frog design, discussed the four essential...more

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