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AMA Warns Of Digital Health ‘Quackery’

The American Medical Association is warning of digital health technology that threatens quality and patient safety from new apps and telemedicine to electronic health records that don’t allow physicians to communicate effectively.

The AMA’s chief executive officer, speaking to the group’s policy-making House of Delegates, warned of the need to better vet technology used by physicians as well as an “explosion of direct-to-consumer digital health products.”

“From ineffective electronic health records, to an explosion of direct-to-consumer digital health products, to apps of mixed quality, this is the digital snake oil of the early 21st century,” Dr. James Madara, AMA’s executive vice president and CEO told AMA members this past weekend.