March 31, 2017
In the first quarter of 2017, we tracked seven digital health-related FDA clearances. While the list isn’t long, it’s varied and relatively novel – from app and device integrations for diabetes treatment to a vest that maps cardiac rhythms. The beginning of this year also rang in some big changes, as the Trump Administration took root and nominated Dr. Scott Gottlieb as FDA deputy commissioner....
December 20, 2016
The FDA has officially cleared the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitor to inform treatment decisions -- without the use of a fingerstick glucometer, other than for calibration. The G5 has been cleared for a while to complement a traditional glucometer, but this non-adjunctive clearance is the first of its kind according to Dexcom and the FDA, which both released statements.
"The FDA works hard...
October 18, 2016
Redwood City, California-based biotricity, which is working on a biometric remote monitoring solution, has received FDA clearance for the software component of their product.
The company’s first offering, which is slated for market launch later this year or early next year, is bioflux – a remote cardiac monitoring solution that includes a wearable heart monitor (to be worn on the torso) that uses...
August 23, 2016
The FDA has granted de novo clearance to two concussion assessment software products from ImPACT Applications. The Pittsburgh-based company developed its original software in the 90s for computers, though the clearance also includes ImPACT Pediatric, a newer version of the tests for children that runs on an iPad.
"ImPACT's FDA clearance is a huge step forward for the industry, for athletes and...
June 29, 2016
Redwood City, California-based smartphone-connected breast pump startup Naya Health has received FDA clearance for its first pump system.
Naya Health's device is called The Smart Pump, and it uses a hydraulic system instead of air to collect breastmilk. As a result, the pump is more comfortable and quieter, according to the company.
Some data from the system, including how often a mother pumps,...
February 10, 2016
BioGaming, an Israel-based startup, has received FDA clearance for its YuGo Microsoft Kinect-based physical therapy system. Calls to the company for comment went unanswered and its website appears to be down.
Physiotherapists can use the system to create personalized gameified routines for patients which patients can then complete at home using an Xbox or a computer connected to a Kinect device...
December 15, 2015
China-based Viatom Technologies has received FDA 510(k) clearance for Checkme Pro, a connected medical device that tracks a number of vital signs, according to Medgadget.
The small Checkme Pro device includes an ECG that tracks heart rate, QRS duration, ST segment, and rhythm analysis, a pulse oximeter, an activity tracker, a thermometer, and a sleep monitor. The device can be set to a hospital...
August 25, 2015
The FDA has approved San Diego, California-based Dexcom for a Bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitor (CGM), called the G5 Mobile CGM system.
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the device had a 510(k) clearance when in fact it had a PMA approval.
Unlike the company's previous connected CGM devices, the G5 Mobile CGM System has Bluetooth built right in to the...
July 8, 2015
Last month, Roche quietly launched its Accu-Chek Connect app, a diabetes management app which contains, among other things, an unprecented feature: a prescription insulin bolus calculator called Bolus Advisor. Roche has been selling the app in other countries for a little while, even issuing a brief recall in April in some of those countries. It received FDA clearance for the Android version of...
July 6, 2015
Theranos, the 12-year-old Palo Alto-based company working on a smaller, cheaper, alternative to common lab blood tests, has received its first voluntary FDA 510(k) clearance, for its herpes simplex 1 virus IgG (HSV IgG) test.
Using a (still largely secretive) lab-on-a-chip technology, Theranos is able to run multiple blood tests on just a few drops of blood, whereas traditional labs need to draw...