LiveScience covered the research of SMU health law expert Nathan Cortez, an associate professor of law at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law. In a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Cortez and his co-authors note that smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms.
Smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. While tremendous potential exists to broaden access to medical treatment and control costs with mHealth apps, as they're called, several health law experts say in a just-published report in The New England Journal of Medicine that more oversight is needed by the FDA to ensure consumer confidence and safety.
More and more Americans are choosing to receive medical treatment — even complicated surgeries — in foreign countries to save big money. The practice is called "medical tourism," but do the risks to consumers outweigh the savings?
That's an important question, says Nathan Cortez, SMU Dedman School of Law assistant professor, who is focusing his research in health law on this emerging medical market.
"Patients take a calculated risk by seeking medical care overseas in regulatory systems that may not offer the rights or protections they expect," Cortez says.