FDA unveils plans for new digital health initiative

The FDA announced Friday that they have been working on a digital health initiative that will promote the creation of new healthcare technologies and reduce development costs for entrepreneurs.

The plan emphasizes consumer-friendly technology, such as downloadable apps, that help people keep track of their own health and plan care accordingly. They also hope to develop more decision support software for physicians, including further advancing electronic health records and digital schedule managers.

The FDA also plans to have a bigger role in technologies that may fall outside of traditional FDA regulation but pose an overall benefit for public health.

“Through these and other steps, FDA will help innovators navigate a new, modern regulatory process so that promising, safe and effective developments in digital health can advance more quickly and responsibly, and Americans can reap the full benefits from these innovations,” said Scott Gottlieb, MD, commissioner of the FDA.

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