Challenge for software developers to utilize health data recently released by Medicare to create visualizations and apps that help consumers compare costs for care at hospitals across the country. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsoring awards ranging from $5K to $50K.
Mobile health apps, like the Breathometer, will need to be regulated, according to the FDA.
The agency is currently holding hearings aimed at clarifying the types of apps it will regulate, and plans to release its final guidelines in October.
Personal wellness apps such as pedometers or heart-rate monitors would not be regulated, but an app that collects and analyzes heart and brain signals would.
The market for mobile health (or mHealth) services will likely reach $26 billion globally by 2017.
Source: Chicago Tribune.