Healthcare to most of us has been predominantly about reactive treatment or an individual suffering with an illness and has been undergoing a treatment. But the landscape of healthcare has been changing gradually. Care providers and technological arms of Information technology are sensing a huge potential growth in terms of operations and need.
Imagine a person in his mid thirties with a very erratic lifestyle is being informed about the potential threats to his health at very beginning of the threat. It sounds too right to be true. All this has been possible when the right health data was available with the person & physician.
Companies realized the importance of this medical data two decades back. With such rapid advancement in smart-phones, hand held devices etc the software application developers are more than keen to foray into the health market. Also the medical data of a patient is pretty much protected under the law in the U.S.
Applications now are more powerful than before with the ability to collect, analyze and interpret the medical data. Also not to forget the significant amount of time that a patient has to spend in a lab and the limitation of the doctors to rely on one time data from labs.
FDA(Food and Drug Administration) has given a green flag to numerous new entrants applications. From wearable & devices to bionic applications let's take a look..
1. New York City-based Kinsa Health received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Kinsa smart thermometer, which can be used, orally, under-arm, or rectally. The device transmits data to a companion smartphone app.
2. Propeller Health, formerly Asthmapolis, received FDA clearance for a platform that includes a new smart inhaler for patients with either asthma or COPD.
3. McKesson secured clearance for a mobile medical app called McKesson Cardiology ECG Mobile. The web-based version of McKesson Cardiology ECG has been around for a few years and it enables clinicians to analyze and review ECG waveforms captured by a variety of vendors’ ECG devices.
4. InTouch Health received clearance for an app that would allow auscultation from digital stethoscopes in near-realtime. InTouch says that up until now digital stethoscopes have relied on store and forward technology, but InTouch’s CS App transmits live from a patient to a doctor at a remote location.
5. Vital Connect received FDA clearance for its Vital Connect Platform, which is the system that supports the company’s peel-and-stick, Bandaid-like vital signs monitor HealthPatch. The wearable device captures single lead ECG, heart rate, HRV, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posturing (fall detection), steps, stress, and sleep staging.
6. AliveCor has received an additional FDA 510(k) clearance, this time for an algorithm that allows its smartphone ECG to detect atrial fibrillation — an abnormal heart rhythm that isn’t always detectable to the patient, but if left untreated can lead to stroke or congestive heart failure — with high accuracy.
7. The FDA granted 510(k) clearance to a mobile-based cognitive test called DANA (Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment), which helps healthcare providers better assess the medical or psychological state of their patients. DANA is being used to help evaluate the medical status of deployed military service members in Afghanistan.
8. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can more easily identify changes in movement symptoms to assist in decisions to optimize therapy.
9. Proteus Digital Health, a Silicon Valley digital medicine company, continue development of a wide array of products including pill-like digestible sensors that measure how well medications are metabolized.
10. Samsung’s S Health app received 510(k) clearance from the FDA as a cardiology signal transmitter suggests that the clearance will allow S Health to interface with additional connected medical devices in the United States.