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FDA Seeks Input on At-Home Use Medical Technologies

By MedTech Intelligence Staff
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The FDA CDRH is seeking input from industry and the public on expanding access to home use medical technologies. The comment period closes on August 30, 2023.

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is seeking input from the medical device industry, the public, patient advocacy organizations, healthcare providers and clinical researchers on at-home use medical devices. Expanding access to home use technologies is part of the CDRH’s 2022-2025 Strategic Priority focus on advancing health equity.

In its request for comments, the agency noted that access to devices outside a clinical care setting may help bridge the gap by bringing health care directly to patients, wherever they are—at home, at work, in cities, in rural communities.

In particular, CDRH seeks comment from the industry and the public on the following questions:

  • How can the FDA support the development of medical technologies, including digital health technologies and diagnostics, for use in non-clinical care settings, such as at home?
  • What factors should be considered to effectively institute patient care that includes home-based care?
  • What are ways that digital health technologies can (a) foster the conduct of clinical trials remotely and (b) support local or home-based healthcare models?
  • How can the FDA facilitate individuals accessing medical technologies in remote locations when they are unable or unwilling to access care in clinical settings?
  • What processes and medical procedures, including diagnostics, do you believe would be ideal for transitioning from a hospital and/or healthcare setting to non-clinical care settings, for example, home use or school/work use?
  • What medical technologies could be ideal to transition to use in non-clinical settings? What aspects of those technologies could potentially benefit from modifications to optimize use in non-clinical settings?
  • What design attributes and user needs would facilitate the use of medical technologies, including diagnostic and therapeutic devices, for use in a non-clinical setting, for example home use?
  • For digital health technologies, what design attributes could better facilitate their use by diverse patient populations outside of a clinical setting? What other factors are important to consider which may improve use and acceptance of different digital health technologies by diverse patient populations (for example, older adults, non-English speakers, lower literacy)?
  • What potential methods and strategies for evidence generation and data analysis could facilitate the regulatory review of medical technologies intended to be used in non-clinical settings, for example home use or school/work use?

The public comment period will end on August 30, 2023. Submit comments to the docket (FDA-2023-N-1956) at Regulations.gov.


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