A digital prescription app is an application that allows users to create and share personal health care plans. These apps typically allow users to access the latest information on various medical conditions. Health care apps may also help users monitor their health metrics, such as weight or blood pressure levels. Digital prescription apps can be useful for patients who want a simple way to record and track their health data over time.
Digital prescription apps for health care often share features with other prescription and order entry apps, such as drug interaction checker apps and lab test ordering app. Examples of digital prescription apps include Teladoc Prescriptions, Shofur Prescriptions, and RxText.
An app that scans a patient's foot using an Occipital Structure Sensor. After taking the scan, the doctor fills out a digital prescription form and sends the form + scan to an email.
A digital prescription app for the Health Care sector can grow by offering new features that are useful for patients, doctors, and pharmacists. Users of the app will likely be consumers who are already part of the health care system, so the app needs to provide information that is easy to understand and interpret within a digital format. Features can include prescriptions being sent electronically to pharmacies with dosage tracking, pill reminders, medical journaling, and more.
While some medical apps have been approved by the FDA as class II medical devices, an app that provides a prescription as a clinical decision support tool would likely be subject to the requirements of a class III medical device. It is important that digital health apps that provide prescriptions ensure they meet all requirements for medical device approval under 21CFR Part 860 and for HIPAA compliance under 45 CFR 164.308(a)(4).