KIMT News 3 – The federal government wants you to know, not all apps are made the same.
The Food and Drug Administration is working to help regulate health apps on your smartphones and tablets.
Agency officials say there are risks when people place so much trust in unregulated items, like the apps.
Cell phone experts also agree that it’s a growing market that needs to be monitored.
“It’s definitely something that needs to be regulated.I know a lot of the apps that are out there, basically as long as you have a real good certified app and it’s not some sort of information phishing scheme or anything like that, they’ll basically get you through the approval to have an app out there,” said Philip Biermann, Owner of Iowa Cell Phone and Repair in Mason City.
Many health related apps already have FDA”s stamp of approval but cell phone experts say it’s still up to all app users to be aware of the information they are receiving.
“That’s gonna be some of the dangers if people find something online of a medical device and they have to jailbreak or root the device to do it. That’s a little bit of a red flag when you get into that stuff,” said Biermann.