US FDA Collecting Feedback On Digital Health Plan
FDA's commissioner has signaled plans to pilot a new approach to digital health oversight, but the agency cautions that it is still putting the program together based, in part, on feedback from stakeholders. More details will be released by the time a pilot program launches in the fall.
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Nine companies are asked to volunteer for a pilot program that could lead to a new pathway for sponsors of digital health products. Under the plan, the agency would allow firms to market a product with fewer if any pre-market review requirements based on trust developed in the company's software design and testing. If the project works out, FDA digital health leader Bakul Patel tells Medtech Insight, the agency hopes it will attract more non-traditional medical device firms that specialize in software development.
Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlined his plans to implement software provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and go much further than that in clarifying regulatory policy and piloting novel strategies to streamline the path to market for digital health technologies.
Developers of "software as a medical device" are unique to other device-makers in how fast their products are developed and updated. FDA digital health leader Bakul Patel is asking companies to provide input on the agency's idea for an expedited pathway for software that would be based on established trust.