CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple is tightening up the guidelines for the health apps on its App Store. The company will increase scrutiny of apps that could provide inaccurate data or information that could be used for diagnosing or treating patients, the guidelines say. Apps that calculate drug dosages need to come from a hospital, drug manufacturer, health insurance company or university, or have approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If the app has received FDA approval, a link to that documentation must be provided. “Given the potential harm to patients, we need to be sure that the app will be supported and updated over the long term,” the guidelines state.
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