More Confusion Ahead
Unfortunately, the FDA ruling didn't answer as many questions as developers, healthcare professionals, and consumers would have liked. As wearables, Internet of Things, and good old mobile apps continue to evolve in sophistication and adoption, the blurry line will only get more confusing for us all. No doubt lawyers will try to figure it out in court when someone uses an app and something goes wrong. So many apps are helpful (even if they act only as reminders that's a great aid) that it would be a shame if over-regulation or fear of lawsuits hindered creativity and innovation.