This second article in the 4-part series looks at the use of software in medical devices in non-clinical settings, particularly the home environment. It addresses software’s role in the home healthcare trend, explains the software-related risks that arise from home-use products, and discusses what manufacturers can do to make these products safer.
MEDICA Health IT Forum addresses workable solutions for device companies.
Popularity of smartphone applications, or apps, has increased explosively. Among the implemented functionality, more and more medical device features have started to creep in. In this article, we discuss when an app is simply fun and when it needs to be regulated as a medical device.
Apps are being successfully used in the field of individual, community-related and company prevention – even if is only to help employees leading healthy lives for example. But which apps are actually worth recommending in the field of health? How good are these apps and what constitutes a good app?