Mobile Medical Apps: The New “Medical Devices”?

42 Rutgers L. Rec. 257 (2015) | WestLaw | LexisNexis | PDF

Imagine on your right is a medical device, “A”, used in hospitals to track a patient’s blood oxygenation levels. On your left is a mobile health-based application, “B”, that also tracks a patient’s blood oxygenation levels. Medical device “A” is extremely sophisticated and, unsurprisingly, expensive. Mobile health-based application “B” is portable, convenient, and a fraction of the cost of “A”. Assume that “B”, while lacking some marginal features, still collects and transmits data that is as accurate, complex and as reliable “A”.

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