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Our internal cybersecurity expert Gwen contributed the following. The Use of LIS2 In Medical Devices LIS2-A2 is widely used in laboratory devices as a standard practice for Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDOs). The LIS and LIS2 communication protocol standards published nearly two decades ago have often been used in medical device network systems due to their...
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In 2018, Google Health began a program in Thailand to screen for diabetic retinopathy using artificial intelligence (AI). The AI was designed to analyze photos of diabetic patients’ eyes to detect signs of eye disease. The AI was promising in theory – during testing, it was 90% accurate in detecting diabetic retinopathy in eye scans,...
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On September 14, 2020 the Digital Health Team at FDA provided a 2020 Update on the Software Precertification Pilot Program. The announcement is a short 8-page document. The document provides the details that are driving program development. It contains a considerable amount of information that may take a few reads to fully understand. On my...
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Why are clinical studies necessary? Medical device clinical studies provide evidence for a PMA submission. Under 21 CFR 860.7, the FDA relies only on “valid scientific evidence” to determine whether there is reasonable assurance that a device is safe and effective. Valid scientific evidence can originate from a variety of sources, including well-controlled studies. Even...
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Remember the 2005 guidance document, Guidance for the Content of Premarket Submissions for Software Contained in Medical Devices? In 2020 that guidance is as relevant as ever, and it can be useful to review what we know about the FDA’s expectations regarding Level of Concern (LOC) in medical devices. LOC is important if for no...
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Do you understand the Q-Sub Guidance? The FDA issued the guidance document Requests for Feedback and Meetings for Medical Device Submissions: The Q-Submission Program in 2019, but it has taken some time for the industry to understand all the facets of the program. The guidance covers a wide range of FDA submissions – IDE/PMA/HDE applications, de novo...
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“Agile” remains a hot topic in general, and “compliant agile” is a goal in many medical (and other regulated) companies. However, “agile” also remains difficult and elusive for many. This article will examine one of the most common hurdles to achieving agile benefits from well-intentioned initiatives. First, let’s address agile and medical device development in...
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This July 2020 Standards Navigator Report content is only available to Standards Navigator subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. SoftwareCPR Standards Navigator Report provides information and tools related to standards that play a significant role in health software and software intensive medical devices. In addition to information on existing standards, SoftwareCPR Standards...
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This content is only available to our Premium subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. What is a Real-Time PMA Supplement? Section 737(4)(D) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines a Real-Time PMA Supplement as: “a supplement to an approved premarket application or premarket report under section 515 that requests a...
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This content is only available to our Premium subscribers.  See our Subscribe page for information on subscriptions. You are likely aware of the CAPA process overall and how it fits in to the quality management system for a medical device manufacturer or supplier.  Just the name itself, corrective and preventive action, describes one of the...
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FDA:  Exemptions, Variances, and Alternate Forms of Adverse Event Reporting for Medical Devices

Manufacturers, importers, and user facilities can request an exemption or variance from any or all of the medical device reporting requirements in 21 CFR Part 803.  Read more:  https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/medical-device-reporting-mdr-how-report-medical-device-problems/exemptions-variances-and-alternate-forms-adverse-event-reporting-medical-devices

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