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    Wearable Technologies and Mobile Health Devices: Changing Medical Research and Delivering Better Patient Outcomes

    This article discusses how wearable technologies and mobile health devices are changing medical practice and improving patient outcomes with the potential to lower research and development costs and impact reimbursement. Introduction Wearable technologies and mobile Health (mHealth) devices are increasingly helping patients report meaningful outcomes and manage their conditions while enhancing their quality of life. Wearable technologies are "smart" electronic devices...
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    What is a Wearable Device? Lifestyle Device vs. Medical Device

    This article discusses how to determine when wearable lifestyle devices, referred to as fitness trackers, might be categorized as medical devices. In cases where fitness trackers are used in particular ways, their categorization as a medical device carries with it specific requirements for compliance to regulations. The article provides useful information to regulatory personnel in assessing how much compliance to the Health Insurance Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA) ...
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    Lingering Questions About Medical Apps

    In recent years, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several guidance documents attempting to clarify its approach to regulating medical apps. However, the authors of "A regulatory framework emerges for digital medicine," a commentary appearing in Nature this week, raise several regulatory challenges remaining unanswered. Background Since gaining oversight of medical devices through the passage of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 , the US Food a...