US federal agencies announce updated mobile health app privacy guide

US federal agencies launch updated Mobile Health Apps Tool to guide developers in understanding relevant privacy laws and regulations for health-related mobile apps.

The US Federal Trade Commission, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services launched an updated Mobile Health Apps Tool that aims to help mobile health app developers better understand which privacy laws and regulations apply to their technology.

The Mobile Health Apps Tool is addressed to everyone who develops a mobile app that accesses, collects, shares, uses, or maintains information related to an individual’s health (e.g. information related to diagnosis, treatment, fitness, wellness, addiction). Its goal is to help developers identify and understand the federal regulatory, privacy, and security laws and regulations that may be applicable to their mobile health apps.