Apparently the FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) has begun drafting a new document aptly titled, Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff – Mobile Medical Applications, which at it’s most basic level outlines the do’s, don’ts, and other assorted liabilities of developing medical applications and add-on devices for mobile platforms, ie iOS and Android.
Of course like anything these days there’s going to be winners and losers. The winners in this case will be the large medical companies who have the time, money, and other assorted resources available to make sure their applications and devices will be compliant with the proposed new standards.
Some indie developers of course will be losers in this space as dealing with regulatory things will just end up in the too hard basket, however smart indie developers have the potential to sell their applications, or at least their coding skill set, to large medical companies who will be looking at jumping into this rapidly growing market space.
Not a week passes that a press release for some cool, newly, or about to be, launched iPhone / iPad compatible medical device doesn’t land in my inbox…and believe me there’s some really cool stuff in the works.
Consumer focused medical devices / applications that people can use in their own home, whilst sending results to their doctor via Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault, is a ready to boom market. And now by the looks of it it’ll also be a well legislated market keeping the dodgy, crappy, inaccurate apps / devices out of it.