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Mobile Health App Tool Updated

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have updated the Mobile Health App Interactive Tool. The “tool is for anyone developing a mobile app that will access, collect, share, use, or maintain information related to an individual consumer’s health … [and] is meant to help you figure out the federal regulatory, privacy, and security laws and regulations that may apply.”

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  • The tool has a series 15 of Yes/No questions about the type of data you’re processing with information about the results of either positive or negative response. Depending on your responses you may be directed to bypass some of the questions. There is also a glossary and links for further information, which can really help support the inevitable questions of “do I have to” and “where is it written.” If you are processing PHI, you want to give this a go.

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