Opinion of the CNB on mHealth

The CNB (Comitato Nazionale per la Bioetica) has recently released the first Italian opinion on mHealth (Mobile-Health e applicazioni per la salute: aspetti bioetici).


The CNB emphasizes the benefits of mhealth apps both for public health and personalized medicine, but at the same time underlines some controversial ethical issues:


- health protection and security. It is not still clear which mHealth apps shall be considered as a medical devices;

- the protection of privacy and the problems related to the use of health data from third parties (not involved in the medical treatment);

- the management of the informed consent;

- the dependency and the technological vulnerability;

- the medical self-determination;

- the digital divide.



The CNB thus provides 10 ethical recommendations to guide such a technological development. Read the Opinion (Italian only)