Regulation on Medical Technologies

  • Chang Su Yale University School of Medicine


In the past few decades, technological advancements have been proceeding at an unprecedented rate. Government regulations on medical technologies can be concerning, but to protect the users and to help perfect the technologies, all medical technologies need to be regulated by the government to various degrees. Medical devices, such as computer games, that pose little potential risk should be subject to minimal regulation. Medical technologies that require trainings to ensure safety or pose high risks in case of malfunctioning should be under strict regulations. Lacking of regulation or reinforcement of regulations on life-dependent medical technologies jeopardize numerous people's well-beings.  In additional to the physical well-being, regulations also protects privacy of personal medical information. Furthermore, users should always investigate the personal medical technologies they use from multiple sources, especially the ones that require no regulation or yet to obtain an approval, but even the ones with approval.