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Shouldn’t doctors be advocates for connective health technologies?

Shouldn’t doctors be advocates for connective health technologies?

Health care professionals have a duty to advocate for their patients.  This is a fundamental principle to the sacred relationship between a doctor and patient.  Shouldn’t Doctors also be advocates for connective health technologies that best serve their patients?  As unlikely as that sounds given the multitude of distractions facing clinicians, it would be a [...]

March 11, 2015 | Reply More
Did you really leave your personal health record in the cab?

Did you really leave your personal health record in the cab?

In the 1990’s, who would have thought that by 2015 most of your sensitive health records might be stored on the mobile phone in your pocket.  If you thought you were afraid of leaving your smartphone behind in the cab before, imagine how much you store on your mobile devices today that is protected by [...]

February 11, 2015 | Reply More
TripleTree’s Thoughts on the Impacts of Medicare’s Shift to Alternative Payment Models

TripleTree’s Thoughts on the Impacts of Medicare’s Shift to Alternative Payment Models

WLSA member company, TripleTree has posted a great blog on the impacts of medicare’s shift to alternative payment models. Read the blog below and visit TripleTree’s website to read additional healthcare and connected health blogs.  “Many heads turned to Washington late last month when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) laid out a [...]

February 10, 2015 | Reply More
More (mostly) forward progress in 2015

More (mostly) forward progress in 2015

We have more connected health news from FDA (see prior note).   The FDA followed through on its deregulatory itrajectory with final guidance on MDDS software and conforming changes to the final guidance on mobile medical apps.  MDDS software has been removed from Class 1 regulation.  Generally, if the software does nothing more than faithfully transfer [...]

February 9, 2015 | Reply More
Heart Health and the Digital Revolution

Heart Health and the Digital Revolution

The digital revolution has transformed nearly every aspect of our lives. Smartphones connect us to others and to the Internet 24 hours a day. Online social networks let us interact with far flung people and communities. And electronic sensors help us personalize the way we operate cars, cameras, air conditioners, audio systems and countless other [...]

February 2, 2015 | Reply More
More progress on Connected Health

More progress on Connected Health

“More progress on Connected Health.  Who would have predicted that the term “precision medicine” would roll off the President’s lips in 2015?  The President’s budget proposal will reportedly include $215 million to support a Precision Medicine Initiative through the NIH (http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/obama-request-215m-precision-medicine-plan/2015-01-30?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal).  Mapping the personal “x–omics” (genomics, proteinomics, metabolomics, etc.) of millions of people require a [...]

February 2, 2015 | Reply More
“Why hospitals should care about net neutrality”

“Why hospitals should care about net neutrality”

WLSA’s Rob McCray was recently interviewed by Healthcare Dive’s Heather Caspi during which he discussed the FCC consideration of tighter rules guaranteeing net neutrality. “One of the most vocal speakers on the topic of net neutrality is Rob McCray, president and CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance. The group recently teamed up with the mHealth Regulatory Coalition [...]

January 29, 2015 | Reply More
Forward (mostly) progress on Connected Health

Forward (mostly) progress on Connected Health

It has been a busy policy month for connected health.  2015 may see a convergence of forces activities that create an inflection in the market.  Last week, the FDA approved Dexcom Share for direct transmission of BG readings to a smartphone and did so 120 days after submission.  The FDA has accelerated the pace of [...]

January 29, 2015 | Reply More
FDA’s 2015 Plan for Medical Device Regulatory Guidance Development

FDA’s 2015 Plan for Medical Device Regulatory Guidance Development

FDA has published its plan for medical device regulatory guidance development in 2015 (http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/Overview/MDUFAIII/ucm321367.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery). Four items on the ‘A’ list, all of which the agency plans to complete are highly relevant to connected health. These include: General wellness products Medical device accessories Medical device decision support software Adaptive design for medical device clinical studies The [...]

January 9, 2015 | Reply More
A Year in Review and a Look Forward in Connected Health

A Year in Review and a Look Forward in Connected Health

By Andrea Jackson, Director of Program Development, WLSA 2014 will be remembered as the year that Digital and Connected Health became mainstream, seeing record levels of investment and notable acquisitions, along with a large number of FDA clearances.  Dollar investment in early stage digital and connected health companies more than doubled over 2013. According to [...]

January 6, 2015 | Reply More