Patients Lead The Way As Medicine Grapples With Apps

Patients Lead The Way As Medicine Grapples With Apps 
June 18, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/18/192777704/patients-lead-the-way-as-medicine-grapples-with-apps

Doctors aren’t sure which of the roughly 40,000 available apps do what they claim to do.

The FDA is working on regulations for the mobile medical apps that can turn a mobile platform into a medical device.
It does not plan to regulate diet or exercise apps.
A few private companies are stepping in to do that task.
Ben Chodor started Happtique, a company that reviews apps and gives those that at least perform correctly a seal of approval.

It’s the Wild West and someone needs to come in and at least help the consumers and the clinicians and the payers sort through the forty thousand-plus apps that are already out there,” says Chodor.

And many unresolved questions swirl around the data collected by medical apps

Yes, There’s Probably A Medical App For That
August 10, 2012
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/10/158453615/yes-theres-probably-a-medical-app-for-that

Making Babies? Yep, There’s An App For That
October 11, 2013
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=232238899
Dozens of fertility self-tracking apps have popped up on the market in the last few years.
These apps assume a woman is ovulating regularly. But if you’re having periods every two to three months, you may not be ovulating at all.

Keyword: Quantified Self movement