software as a medical device

By Anthony Pannozzo 04:20 pm June 25, 2020
About the author: Anthony Pannozzo is chief design officer (for North American and Asia) and global healthcare lead at frog, a design consultancy and a company of the Altran Group. Healthcare has often been accused (fairly and unfairly) of being too slow to change or adapt to new technologies and the ideas they inspire. While change is hard for everyone, in a space like healthcare change meets...
By Dave Muoio 02:50 pm 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 The first is a draft guidance outlining categories of clinical decision support (CDS) products that would or would not require direct regulatory oversight from the agency. This is an update to a CDS draft guidance released in 2017, with the noteworthy addition of a risk-...
By Dave Muoio 12:09 pm 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...
By Dave Muoio 03:07 pm 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...
By Jonah Comstock 04:43 pm April 26, 2018
This morning, the FDA published its 17-page first draft of a working model for its pre-certification program for software as a medical device (SaMD). Though still preliminary (the agency is asking for comments by the end of May), the publication comes with some long-awaited details about how the program might work. The document lays out five "excellence principles" on which companies applying for...
By Dave Muoio 03:40 pm March 13, 2018
A recently released analysis report from the Deloitte Center for Government Insights that examines the US’s current and proposed software as a medical device (SaMD) regulatory landscape, and includes suggestions on how the FDA’s pre-certification pilot program and other initiatives could better serve this fast-moving industry. “The exponential advancement of digital health technologies presents a...
By Heather Mack 12:35 pm November 28, 2016
As the world’s medical device regulators work to harmonize how best to regulate software as a medical device (SaMD), MobiHealthNews has learned via a Freedom of Information Act request that the FDA invited Apple to join an international task force focused on shaping this future regulatory framework. Apple executives quietly joined a working group within the International Medical Device...
By Jonah Comstock 04:29 pm October 17, 2016
The FDA has entered into the federal register a new draft guidance pertaining to "software as a medical device" (SaMD). The guidance is presented as representing the FDA's current thinking on establishing clinical evaluation guidelines for SaMD, but is written by an international organization of device regulators, the International Medical Device Regulators Forum, of which FDA is a member. The...