Monday, November 13, 2017

FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks ingestion

For the past several years, we had heard about the sensor technology and patch developed by Proteus Digital Health. The FDA just approved the first pill that integrates this technology into Abilify, a drug used to treat schizophrenia.

Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

FDA announces Digital Health Innovation Action Plan

Today, the FDA announced the formal launch of the Pre-Cert for Software Pilot Program and published their Digital Health Innovation Action Plan.

The Digital Health Innovation Action Plan (PDF) provides details and timelines for the integrated approach to digital health technology and the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act.

The goals are to:
  • enable a modern and tailored approach that allows software iterations and changes to occur in a timely fashion;
  • ensure high quality medical product software throughout the life of the product by enabling companies to demonstrate their embedded culture of quality and organization excellence (CQOE); and
  • be a program that learns and adapts and can adjust key elements and measure based on the effectiveness of the program.
Learn more at the FDA Blog.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Augmented reality in medical education

It's truly exciting to see how augmented reality (AR) is becoming incorporated into medical education. While virtual reality (VR) headsets are also gaining some notable traction, I see the use of AR growing much faster. AR interfaces can be built right into the clinical workflow and can even be used at the bedside. People can get a taste of AR using their mobile devices, so they don't need to purchase any sophisticated equipment. So, in addition to providing an enhanced educational experience, the use of AR could also lead to safer procedures and better clinical outcomes, especially for students and trainees.

Here's an example of Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Clinic using Microsoft HoloLens for medical education:

The Augmented World Expo is happening in California this week and while applications range from gaming to enterprise use, the education sector is rapidly applying AR in very creative ways. From visualizing the invisible to enhancing psychomotor skills, the use of AR is here to take medical education to the next level!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

"Jeopardy!" show contestant battled colon cancer and gave winnings to cancer organizations

By now, a growing number of people are hearing about the game show "Jeopardy!" contestant Cindy Stowell. She was battling advanced colon cancer and she died before her episodes aired. She won five consecutive games, then gave her winnings to the Cancer Research Institute. Her ambition and passion inspire many who are battling cancer.

Cindy Stowell - you will be missed and we offer our deepest condolences to your family and friends.

Thank you for being an inspiration to a community that understands the devastating impact of cancer.

Thank you for donating your winnings to help cancer organizations fight this disease.

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