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The FDA creates new Digital Health unit to reimagine regulatory paths in the age of scalable, AI-enhanced innovation

Med­i­cine Is Going Dig­i­tal. The FDA Is Rac­ing to Catch Up (Wired):

WHEN BAKUL PATEL start­ed as a pol­i­cy advi­sor in the US Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion in 2008, he could pret­ty much pin­point when a prod­uct was going to land in front of the review­ers in his divi­sion. Back when med­ical devices were heavy on the hardware—your pace­mak­ers and your IUDs—it would take man­u­fac­tur­ers years to get them ready for reg­u­la­to­ry approval. FDA review­ers could keep up pret­ty well Read the rest of this entry »

Since more than 50% of people worldwide can’t access appropriate mental health treatments, let’s welcome (and test) mobile health apps

mobilehealthMen­tal Health: There’s an App for That (Nature):

Type ‘depres­sion’ into the Apple App Store and a list of at least a hun­dred pro­grams will pop up on the screen. There are apps that diag­nose depres­sion (Depres­sion Test), track moods (Opti­mism) and help peo­ple to “think more pos­i­tive” Read the rest of this entry »

Next: How to best civilize the mobile brain health and brain training Wild West (Tip: Consumer education may help more than pure regulation)

GLASSES-AND-EYE-CHARTUC River­side Pro­fes­sor Slams Feds, Stands By His Health App (KQED):

UC River­side pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­o­gy Aaron Seitz had an idea for a mobile health app based on his area of research.…Seitz is the aca­d­e­m­ic behind UltimEyes, the vision improve­ment app that got dinged by the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion (FTC) for $150,000 last week for mak­ing decep­tive claims about the app’s effi­ca­cy. Read the rest of this entry »

Expanding the brain health toolkit with mobile neurobehavioral tests — aka a “brain thermometer”?

thermometersArmy touts ‘brain ther­mome­ter’ as front-line tool (Army Times):

Army medics will soon use what’s been dubbed a “brain ther­mome­ter”: a mobile phone appli­ca­tion that can, with­in min­utes, pro­vide health pro­fes­sion­als data to help diag­nose and mea­sure a sol­dier’s injuries…

The Defense Auto­mat­ed Neu­robe­hav­ioral Assess­ment, pro­duced by Anthro­Tron­ix, includes Read the rest of this entry »

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