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Apple & Healthcare: Tech Giant Meets With FDA, Ponders Health Apps

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First Posted: Feb 17, 2014 01:03 PM EST
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There seems to be an application for everything -- even when it comes to healthcare.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently met with Apple to discuss possible options for mobile applications that would include technology to help monitor people's health, according to a report from the New York Times and the F.D.A.'s calendars. Participating in the discussions for Apple were Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams; Vice President of Software Technology Bud Tribble; Michael O'Reilly; and a final unnamed employee, according to the NY Times.

Mark A. McAndrew, who serves as a partner with a law firm working with health and science clients, indicated in a phone interview with the New York Times that Apple may have been hoping to meet with the F.D.A for some time now.

"They are either trying to get the lay of the land for regulatory pathways with medical devices and apps and this was an initial meeting," Mr. McAndrew said, "or Apple has been trying to push something through the F.D.A. for a while and they've had hangups."

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Apple has hinted towards new products but nothing official has been set in stone. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, elaborated upon the company's plans in an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week.

"We don't believe we can do things at the level of quality and link things as we want to between hardware, software and services so seamlessly if we do a lot of stuff," Cook said. "So we're going to stick with our knitting with only doing a few things and doing them great. There will be new categories and we're working on some great stuff. We're not ready to talk about it. We're really working on some really great stuff.

Despite this, the F.D.A. also went to other companies to learn more about possible options. According to Bloomberg, the FDA met with employees from Google last month and the two sides talked about a potential medical device.

What do you think about these companies working with the F.D.A.?

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