The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: FDA seeks nominations for blood products advisory panel; Massachusetts hospital hit for HIPAA access non-compliance; No reports recorded for Medtronic recall; Tillis, Cotton eye patent examiner practice for Section 101 problem.
A bad patient experience with telehealth can blunt adoption regardless of the incentives for developers and doctors. Griffin Mulcahey, chief compliance officer at Wheel Health Inc., of Austin, Texas, said during a recent webinar that users of these digital health apps and telemedicine programs may need assistance to get up to speed on an application, a critical effort that may make the difference between success and failure in telehealth.
The Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) has invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a mechanism designed to ensure the privacy of EU citizens’ data when conveyed to other nations in a manner consistent with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Makers of drugs and devices are not without recourse in transferring patient data to the U.S. for clinical trials conducted in Europe, but industry must revisit their standard contractual clauses to ensure those protocols provide the necessary privacy provisions, or face fines that could amount to tens of millions of euros.
Hospitals may be providing patient care outside of normal clinical settings during the COVID-19 outbreak, but this raises the question of how to access patient data systems in these makeshift settings. Arthur Young, president and CEO of Interbit Data Inc., of Natick, Mass., told BioWorld that the company’s solution is to add Internet-based access to its Netsafe system.
The U.S. FDA reported that it has expanded the emergency use authorization for the Labcorp polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for SARS-CoV-2 to include the company’s Pixel self-collection kit, a development that may presage a wider testing paradigm that is needed to restore the U.S. economy to normalcy.
A recent Senate hearing raised the question of whether privacy and confidentiality are at risk when software is installed in smart devices for disease surveillance purposes, but there may be no absolute guarantee of confidentiality, jeopardizing the goodwill of citizens who are wary of big government.