More and more, the quality of real-world evidence (RWE)—gathered from remote patient monitoring data, product and disease registry data, and patient feedback—determines whether a medical device is approved and, in some instances, for how long. Yet some medical device manufacturers are missing an important opportunity to collaborate with clinical registries in capturing this data and driving value.
The FDA is asking stakeholders to submit public comments on how it should use any portion of the user fee funding that may be distributed to external organizations—other than NEST—to support premarket RWE in medical device evaluation and development.
Before product developers can more confidently design RWE studies and venture away from the traditional path of lengthy prospective studies, industry must overcome several challenges. This article provides insight on these barriers and perspective on how industry might fully realize the promise of RWE in the near-term to advance health care.