With more than 165,000 healthcare apps on the market, it’s possible you may have used one to check your heart rate, to get a daily reminder to drink water or to access exercise videos.
The Los Angeles Times reports that public health experts think mobile health apps have limitless potential to get people involved in their wellness.
Some apps take doctor visits completely out of the equation by relaying electrocardiogram [EKG] data or blood glucose levels directly to doctors. The Food and Drug Administration approves apps that monitor a person’s vitals.
However, apps that don’t directly manage a person’s vitals, which can include those that “provide tips for managing a chronic disease or alert asthmatics when they’re entering an area with low air quality,” are not regulated or approved by the FDA, according to the LA Times.
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