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GOP Seeks Clarity on Taxing Smartphones, Tablets, Apps as Medical Devices

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the FDA released draft guidance on how it intends to regulate those applications. The FDA has the authority under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act to regulate certain products that meet the definition of a medical device, and applications more or less h

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JL A (281)
Friday March 8, 2013, 3:13 pm
Copywritten article available at the site

Past Member (0)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:34 pm
How could you ever say a smartphone is a medical device beats me
Maybe because it gives you depression if you are without it lol


JL A (281)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:38 pm
I think some medical applications are being written to take over a smartphone and run exclusively for patient monitoring in lieu of face-to-face visits, for example. The regulations are being drafted to have such designs be similarly taxed as other devices with identical functions. You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.

Kit B (276)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:51 pm

Whoa! This is not a bad thing, it is one of best uses to date of Smart Phones and though I do believe in using taxes for the public good, this is not the place to add a tax. Yes, this can have the advantage of calling your doctor, thinking you are having a heart attack and she can immediately see a fully accurate EKG, and (do not read if squeamish) your doctor can do a very comprehensive blood and/or urine analysis from your smart phone. Currently, this requires only about an investment of just over $100.00 for the doctor's phone to be modified. It may be a bit futuristic for some, but it works well and there is no waiting for an ER doctor to be available. Check out the link to the NBC story about this:

JL A (281)
Friday March 8, 2013, 5:19 pm
One caveat, no quality control of the applications comparable to other health devices unless under the jurisdiction of the FDA--which is funded by the taxes to do the work Kit. An alternate way of providing patient/consumer safety and funding it would become needed if not as proposed...or else a buyer beware scenario. Thanks for the extra information Kit! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:33 pm
This will surely be a thong to come, like so many other Apps still disputed. It is not for me but I can see it will do good for others. Can't say much about taxing though. Thx.

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:33 pm
* read thing*

JL A (281)
Friday March 8, 2013, 7:35 pm
You are welcome Angelika. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.

Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:09 am
Smartphones and tablets are in use by larger hospitals as practitioner charting appliances. With the availability of online records, you'll store your medical records from each doctor (potentially) either in the cloud accessible by smartphone/tablet or on the devices themselves. Does that makes it a medical device? Not by my lights, until there is dedicated med records storage space installed somewhere in the system.

Kerrie G (116)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 9:49 am
Noted, thanks.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 12:44 pm
Interesting, when you consider some of these devices can monitor various aspects of your body's functioning... a friend of mine who is a homoeopath, has recently been telling me about his experience with his new one...

JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:22 pm
You are welcome Kerrie. You cannot currently send a star to Darren because you have done so within the last day.

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:49 pm
Noted, thanks.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 6:40 pm
You are welcome Jaime.
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