Medical apps prove tricky to regulate

Most of us have smartphones jammed with apps that promise to improve our lives by tracking our sleep, finding the best coffee spots or, more annoyingly, reminding us it’s time to go for a run.

Many are fun and entertaining, but some are for more serious medical purposes.

An estimated 165,000 medical apps are on offer that range from measuring blood pressure to helping manage conditions such as diabetes, asthma and mental health.

While some are helpful, for the most part, this field of mobile personalised healthcare is untested, unregulated, possibly ungovernable