Innovative digital solutions intended to address health issues typically experienced by women have been an area of increased focus. Ranging from reproductive-related mobile applications to AI-enabled breast cancer screening devices, digital solutions for women+ health show promise to serve an enormous market with medical needs that have often failed to get the level of attention
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FDA Webinar Provides New Insights on Use of Digital Health Technologies in Clinical Trials
Spurred by the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, FDA has taken a number of regulatory actions to advance the use of digital health technologies (“DHTs”) in clinical trials. DHTs provide sponsors with opportunities to capture a broader array of information from study subjects than is typically available through traditional study designs. This includes information from…
U.S., UK and Canada Regulators Collaborate to Develop “10 Guiding Principles” for Good Machine Learning Practices (“GMLP”) for Medical Devices
On 27 October 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), Health Canada, and the United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (“MHRA”) (together the “Regulators”) jointly published 10 guiding principles to inform the development of Good Machine Learning Practice (“GMLP”) for medical devices that use artificial intelligence and machine learning (“AI/ML”).
FDA Issues Final Guidance on Multiple Function Digital Health Software and Other Devices
On July 28, 2020, FDA announced the publication of a final guidance on Multiple Function Device Products: Policy and Considerations that outlines FDA’s evolving approach to the regulation of multiple function device products, including software.
The concept of “multiple function” products was introduced by the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”) of 2016, which…
Client Alert: FDA Issues Temporary Guidance on New CARES Act Provision Requiring Certain Device Notifications to CDRH
The following guidance could be relevant to manufacturers of software as a medical device (SaMD). The recently-enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) added new section 506J to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). This section requires manufacturers of certain devices to notify FDA of an interruption or permanent discontinuance…
FDA Issues COVID-19 Policy for Certain Digital Health Solutions
On April 14, 2020, FDA issued a direct-to-final guidance outlining its “Enforcement Policy for Digital Health Devices for Treating Psychiatric Disorders During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency.” The guidance intends to “expand the availability of digital health therapeutic devices” – possibly the first time FDA has used such term in its written policies – to facilitate consumer and patient use and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19. The guidance applies to two groups of products: (1) computerized behavioral therapy devices and other digital health devices for psychiatric disorders; and (2) low-risk wellness and digital health products for mental health or psychiatric conditions. Like FDA’s many other COVID-19 enforcement policies, the policy will remain in effect “only for the duration of the public health emergency related to COVID-19.” …
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Digital Health Alert: Product Liability Considerations for COVID-19-Related Solutions
Product liability considerations are not likely the first concerns that spring to mind for the many companies working to develop digital health countermeasures and other products related to COVID-19. Yet even while putting together solutions on an accelerated timeline, there are some straightforward actions that companies can take that may reduce litigation risk down the…
COVID-19: FDA Regulatory Considerations for Digital Health Solutions
Digital health companies are playing an important role in the global response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. For example, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a Call to Action to the tech community requesting help in answering urgent scientific questions about COVID-19. As readers of this blog are aware, some …
Ideation Question #11: Why Involve a Lawyer?
This is the 11th, and final, of our video posts on 10 questions that can help lawyers contribute to the digital health ideation process. Today’s video explores the question: Why involve a lawyer?
Ideation Question #10: What Are the Priorities for the Solution?
This is the tenth of our video posts on 10 questions that can help lawyers contribute to the digital health ideation process. Today’s video explores the question: What are the priorities for the solution?