4 Considerations When Developing Mobile Health Devices

July 28, 2020 09:05:48

Modern-day mobile technology is making strides in the medical device industry and is opening up new avenues for both physicians and patients. However, for these devices to be successful, they need approval from the FDA. Initially, mobile technology was only referred to as the device that was implanted into patients and communicated directly to clinicians within the hospital’s confines.

This has now changed, and the trend is “wearables.” The wearable can be directly worn on the body or clothing as accessories. Currently, the wearables are being used mostly by athletes to monitor heart rates and other parameters. Your devices need to be approved for medical use, and here are the facts that you must consider to get this approval:

The FDA Must Clear the mHealth Apps

Mobile applications have become more common for people who are seeking to improve their overall health. These apps are used by consumers to track their daily calories, exercise, and other vital signs. Some of these consumer wearables are not medical devices and should not be considered products that can diagnose and treat. Furthermore, they cannot restore the health of an individual who has been impaired by infections.

Must Have Reliable Data

A suitable mobile device must empower physicians with reliable data and the physicians should be able to extract vital patient’s information from the device. Moreover, a first medical device should allow medics to monitor timings of dosages and frequency in a simpler way in form of charts and graphs.

The data should also be available to physicians from any place at the swipe of their fingers to determine possible treatment. Health data is very crucial in analyzing, treating, and caring for the patient. It is therefore critical for the FDA to validate the accuracy of the data.

Failure in the Software can Create Big Frustrations

The integration of software to control medical devices has evolved with the evolution of new technology. On the other hand, software failures have become the most significant cause of medical device recalls by the FDA. It is, therefore, necessary for medical device manufacturers to ensure effectiveness in medical software. Good software should be reliable and safe for medical use.

The Manufacturing Process of your Device is Essential to the FDA

The fruitful submission of your mHealth device to the FDA will depend on not only the accuracy of your data but also the reliability of the software. Therefore, your device needs to go through thorough validation, verification, and proper documentation by the FDA. Successful inspection from the FDA will confirm the safety and reliability of your medical equipment.

As mobile medical devices start playing a major role in the delivery of healthcare, the high stakes involved aren’t lost on biomedical firms like Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX).

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