Current Regulation of Mobile Mental Health Applications

August 6th, 2018

James A. Armontrout, MD, John Torous, MD, Marsha Cohen, JD, Dale E. McNiel, PhD, and Renée Binder, MD — The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

— In recent years, the availability of software that is targeted toward the general public and designed to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness or to promote general mental health has expanded greatly. Regulation of more traditional health care providers and health care-associated devices is well established by statute, regulatory guidelines, and common law precedents. Applications (apps), in contrast, pose a novel regulatory challenge. This review examines the current regulatory guidelines for psychiatric mobile mental health apps, as well as the current state of case law in the psychiatric mobile mental health realm.

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