Mobile health or mHealth, a relatively new and rapidly evolving aspect of technology-enabled health care, is the provision of health care services and personal health data via mobile devices.
mHealth technology uses devices such as smart phones and portable monitoring sensors that transmit information to providers, as well as dedicated application software (apps), which are downloaded onto devices. Given its recent emergence into this field, policies governing the use of this technology are continually being shaped.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) all have some jurisdiction and will be establishing federal policies for this newest telehealth modality. The TRC Consortium created a factsheet outlining some basic information regarding mHealth and FDA regulation.
This video provides and overview of one of mHealth's most popular uses, mobile applications.
mHealth laws and regulations contains more information regarding mobile health legalities.