March 27, 2020
Yesterday, Pear Therapeutics announced the regulatory clearance of Somryst, its prescription digital therapeutic for chronic insomnia. And while the product is noteworthy for these patients and Pear's broader business, it also stands as a major milestone for the digital health industry – the first product to be evaluated throught the FDA's Digital Health Software Precertification Program.
March 25, 2020
Butterfly Network, maker of a handheld, smartphone-connected ultrasound system, has disabled two software features that were implemented on its devices without first securing 510(k) clearance, according to notices recently published by the FDA.
The Auto Ejection Fraction Tool and the Auto Bladder Volume Tool were introduced in the Butterfly IQ Ultrasound System's 1.10.0 and 1.13.0 software...
January 28, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here.
About the author: Naomi Fried, PhD, is the CEO of Health Innovation Strategies, which provides digital health strategy and innovation-program design and optimization consulting to healthcare stakeholders including pharma, payers and providers. Her previous positions include the first chief innovation officer at Boston...
December 6, 2019
Digital health has gone global. On both sides of the Atlantic, healthcare stakeholders are evaluating these new tools, while innovators are navigating the pathways to implementation. It’s clear that while the North American markets and the European markets each have their own challenges, the industries also share plenty of universal opportunities and obstacles.
This week at the European...
November 19, 2019
Device regulation is a hurdle for any medical tech company, but doubly so for startups hoping to strike it big with their very first digital health product. With limited resources and experience, pushing a device through the FDA’s door and onto the market is a multi-year gauntlet of validation, documentation and, unfortunately, frustration.
To help young companies take a bit of the guesswork out...
November 1, 2019
About the Author: Bradley Merrill Thompson is a member of the firm at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. There, he counsels medical device, drug, and combination product companies on a wide range of FDA regulatory, reimbursement and clinical trial issues. The opinions in this piece are Thompson's and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of MobiHealthNews or HIMSS.
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September 26, 2019
This morning the FDA released two guidance documents relating to the regulation of various digital health software devices.
The first is a draft guidance outlining categories of clinical decision support (CDS) products that would or would not require direct regulatory oversight from the agency. This is an update to a CDS draft guidance released in 2017, with the noteworthy addition of a risk-...
June 4, 2019
Since it was first announced, fans and critics of the FDA’s Pre-Cert program for medical software developers have mused on the benefits and burdens that might come with participation in the experimental program.
What to expect from Pre-Cert
The question has only become more pertinent since the agency released its 1.0 Working Model in January and, just a couple weeks ago, began seeking new De Novo...
May 22, 2019
The FDA has put out a call for new companies to test drive the current framework of its Digital Health Software Precertification Program, the ongoing effort to streamline regulation of digital health products prone to frequent update.
Organizations that are expecting to sponsor either a 510(k) submission or De Novo Request for a software as a medical device (SaMD) during 2019 or early 2020 are...
March 28, 2019
Within the last few years the FDA has undergone a metamorphosis when it comes to digital health regulations. Though many of these are not yet solidified, a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) predicts that these changes could open new doors for pharmaceutical companies looking to jump into the digital arena.
“Changes made by the FDA have made it easier for digital health products to be...