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J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2018 Jun;46(2):204-211. doi: 10.29158/JAAPL.003748-18.

Current Regulation of Mobile Mental Health Applications.

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Dr. Armontrout is a Staff Psychiatrist, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Torous is Co-Director of the Digital Psychiatry Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Ms. Cohen is Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA. Dr. McNiel is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Dr. Binder is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. james.armontrout@va.gov.
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Dr. Armontrout is a Staff Psychiatrist, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Torous is Co-Director of the Digital Psychiatry Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Ms. Cohen is Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA. Dr. McNiel is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Dr. Binder is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
30026399
DOI:
10.29158/JAAPL.003748-18
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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