The technology titan has stayed pretty stealthy about any healthcare related projects, but the rumor mill has been running on high since news that the company had taken meetings with the FDA.
The recent meeting, however, wasn’t Apple’s first with the FDA. Apple met with FDA officials back in April 2010, appearing in the agency’s schedule for a meeting about "medical applications."
"Apple’s product development usually runs on a very long lead time, but it’s just as likely they were discussing regulation of medical apps on the iPhone more generally, such as this diagnostic radiology application the FDA approved in 2011, at a time when health and fitness apps are proliferating at a rapid pace," according to Financial Times blogger Tim Bradshaw.
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Olympus puts more skin in medtech
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