As both physicians and patients continue to use iOS devices, Apple is tightening regulations on developers that make health-minded apps that are released in the App Store. The Cupertino California company is requiring developers to fully indicate the sources from which they are drawing medical information from. Apple has begun sending notices to developers of medical apps containing references to drug dosages, informing the developers that they should provide detailed information on the sources from which they gathered information on dosing from.

Apple is apparently rejecting or postponing the release of certain medical apps on the basis of “incomplete metadata” until the developers are able to fully detail the sources they used to generate certain advisory content in their apps. Developers will not have to submit new binaries in order to gain approval but complete information on sourcing is required. Such a move demonstrates the degree of seriousness with which Apple is addressing the potential for misinformation in medical apps.

The move also helps to prevent plagiarism within the App Store, which seems to be a problem among medical apps. This was seen with three physicians accused of fully plagiarizing the Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal in their app. The doctors had titled the software they released “Critical APPraisal” when it was released in 2011.

I’m glad to see Apple making such a move as I feel it’s important to have accurate information when it comes to health. Especially when an increasingly large number of iOS users download and follow tips from health related iOS apps.

Source: iMedicalApps