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The Scoop-Big Health Data| FDA Guidance on Wearables| #Hospitalglam January 20, 2015

Filed under: Corporate — CMI/Compas @ 5:02 pm

It’s the million dollar question. Collecting our health data is a big deal, but what happens if your doctor can’t interpret or even get through all of the data? This article makes a bold statement: “Just because a [wearable] device looks shiny and new doesn’t mean it’s useful.” True. But we can still expect to see the growing trend of wearables and health devices become more impactful with input from HCPs on “which are game-changers and which are dead-ends.”

In related news, the FDA has issued draft guidance on wearables—those that do not make any reference to disease or conditions are not regulated, while those that “claim to help users reduce the risk of certain diseases or conditions or may help users better live with specific diseases or conditions” are regulated.

The Caregiver Act is a new bill under consideration that would require hospitals to work with caregivers to support patient recovery after discharge making.

A 68-year-old patient in France who was diagnosed with terminal congestive heart failure and received an artificial heart in August is doing well and going home, signaling an exciting milestone in this heart treatment method.

#Hospitalglam is an inspirational collection of photos from patients with chronic illnesses who are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Started by an artist with connective tissue disorder, the hashtag has created an online community of support, empathy, and even humor.

Robert Kadar, VP Customer Development, shares yet another moving story, this time of a young MS patient who has become one of the best distance runners in the country.

-Amanda Kopec, Manager, Strategic Marketing &  Corporate Communications

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