FTC, FDA, OCR and ONC: A New Culture of Collaboration?

May 6, 2016

On April 5, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the release of a new web-based tool for mobile health app developers, which is designed to help those developers identify which federal privacy laws might apply to their products. In a potentially significant display of interagency cooperation, the FTC partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to design the tool.

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