Shorts: Review for FDA 510(k) process; AT&T's lab

By Brian Dolan

Changes for 510(k) in 2011? The AP reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to a review of its 510(k) review procedure, which has come under fire by both safety advocates and government watchdogs, the report said. The nonprofit Institute of Medicine will conduct the two-year review of the 510k procedure. More

On managing de-centralized care: "There seems to exist almost an inversely proportional relationship here between the degree of decentralization of care and the degree of centralization and potential for dissemination of information," Laurie Orlov, Founder of the Aging in Place Technology Watch said during a roundtable discussion ahead of the Center for Connected Health's event next month. "Thus, for example, the more you have standardized and centralized information about a specific patient that can be shared among multiple healthcare providers, the more you can effectively decentralize care. Otherwise you’re really throwing the care out into the arena without necessarily managing it." More (warning: PDF)

Duke University's mHealth conference: While details remain slim on the content presented at yesterday's mHealth conference at Duke, one report from the University explained that Jim Sweeney, CEO of Patient Safe Solutions (nee Intellidot) shared a case study of hospitals in Hawaii that employ mobile pediatricians who are on-call anytime. Proteus Biomedical and Microsoft also presented at the event. More

Medical tracking servieces and video calling coming to AT&T? Lab workers at AT&T's quality testing lab in San Antonio, Texas explain that upcoming wireless devices and services, including mobile medical tracking systems, electronic readers, smart utility meters, portable game terminals, vending machines, home security monitors and personal navigation devices are all under review for connection to the carrier's network. AT&T's lab workers also noted that they have been testing two-way video calling for some time and while it works on some phones, they won't release it until its networks can handle it. More