Considering that healthcare mobile apps are still relatively new, many providers have only recently been experimenting with these tools.However, there have been a growing number of consumers that have been using these apps, proving to hospital executives that there are considerable opportunities to potentially improve population health management programs.Many of these apps are designed with an intuitive interface that features an impressive array of medical video production and medical animation to illustrate complicated medical procedures.Currently, the only mobile healthcare apps that are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are those apps that are used in tandem with an accessory for a regulated medical device, or transform the mobile platform into a regulated medical device.
Here are 8 healthcare apps and devices that are FDA-approved:
MIM Software (http://www.mimsoftware.com/products/mobile)
Mobile MIM is a diagnostic imaging app that enables users to review x-rays, ultrasounds, and other types of diagnostic imaging. Using this app, physicians can view images on their mobile devices when they are not at their workstations, particularly when consulting on difficult cases. Additionally, the app can help decrease delays in image distribution.
Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System (https://www.dexcom.com/g5-mobile-cgm)
This app is used with a wearable sensor and transmitter to collect glucose measurements and forwards them directly to a smartphone. With readings updated every five minutes, the app can alert patients via alarms if their glucose levels are on track to becoming too high or too low. Additionally, diabetes patients have the option to share this data with their family and friends.
BlueStar by WellDoc (http://www.bluestardiabetes.com)
BlueStar is the first mobile prescription therapy app approved by the FDA to help type 2 diabetes patients manage their disease. The app is prescribed by physicians, activated by pharmacies and serves as a pharmacy benefit. As with all WellDoc’s mobile solutions, BlueStar incorporates, coaches, educates and informs on a custom-basis to individual diabetics based on their behavior and personal data to maintain their blood glucose levels and manage the disease.
Glooko Mobile App (https://www.glooko.com)
This diabetes management system allows patients to easily maintain control of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes by syncing insulin pump and glucose monitoring data through cables. The app also positions blood glucose data in the context of the patient’s diet. As a result, patients can select from entries from more than 700 restaurants and 250 grocery stores to enter any nutritional data into the app.
BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System (http://www.preventice.com/products/bodyguardian)
BodyGuardian, which requires the use of a wireless monitor, allows physicians to remotely monitor their patient’s vital signs.
Resolution MD (http://www.calgaryscientific.com/resolutionmd/mobile-resmd_
This app allows users to access radiology diagnostic images and reports.
Gauss Surgical Triton Fluid Management System (http://www.gausssurgical.com/#fda)
This app offers a mobile system for real-time estimation of surgical blood loss on surgical sponges. Using the Triton system, surgeons can more accurately estimate the amount of blood loss during a surgery to prevent unnecessary blood transfusions.
Kinsa Thermometer (https://www.kinsahealth.com)
Used in concert with the Kinsa thermometer, this app can help measure and track a patient’s body temperature.