Vector illustration of health app.

Direct-to-Consumer Health Apps: Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Concerns

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) health apps, such as apps that manage our diet, fitness, and sleep, are becoming ubiquitous in our digital world.

These apps provide a window into some of the key issues in the world of digital health — including data privacy, data access, data ownership, bias, and the regulation of health technology.

To better understand these issues, and ways forward, we contacted key stakeholders representing a range of perspectives in the field of digital health for their brief answers to five questions about DTC health apps.

This series was organized by Sara Gerke, Assistant Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law, and former Research Fellow for the Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL) at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

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