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freespiritny25
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freespiritny25,
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11/14/2014 | 10:26:54 AM
Re: FDA Action Plan?
Wearables have been used in the medical community for decades, specifically in cardiac event tracking. Whether or not they are ever FDA approved, I can see these new products being tested for accuracy for several more years before the medical community will accept them as accurate.
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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11/5/2014 | 9:31:48 AM
Re: Accuracy?
I've thought the same thing. I mean, think about how often the good old scale is wrong! Don't know about you, but I can gain and lose pounds simply by choosing to use the scale at my doctor's office, the local Publix, or my bathroom scale! Now, any are fine if I only want to track whether I've lost or (gasp) gained weight. They do a decent job of monitoring a jump up or down of one or two pounds. But the actualy number itself? For that, I typically trust my doctor's digital scale... but i guess that could be wrong too!
MFeibus
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11/4/2014 | 12:25:03 PM
Re: FDA Action Plan?
Good points. I'm not sure that anyone can say decisively, but I've heard predictions of a year for the FDA to weigh in, with the spector of subscriptions for digital subscriptions before the end of 2016.
MFeibus
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MFeibus,
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11/4/2014 | 12:21:53 PM
Re: Accuracy?
Yep, and that's just one of many accuracy issues. For example, the best sensors are useless if the wearable isn't sitting on a good spot to take measurements.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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11/4/2014 | 10:47:46 AM
Accuracy?
It's all well and good wearable makers bundled health tracking sensors into their products, but until doctors begin approving devices for legitimate medical purposes, they're largely redundant. There's no point in taking along six months of heart rate readings to your doctor only for them to not be able to consider it because the sensor in your budget wearable is a cheap one. Or because there is little context for the readings. 
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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11/4/2014 | 9:57:19 AM
FDA Action Plan?
Does anyone have any idea when the FDA will provide clearcut guidelines to developers of these devices? As you say, the creativity is there. Some clinicians are aboard and already 'prescribe' fitness trackers to overweight or diabetic patients. There are so many opportunities -- home health, telehealth, patient engagement, population management, pregnancy (especially teen or at-risk), etc. -- to use new and existing wearables that government roadblocks, while understandable to a point, are extremely frustrating. And not only to those who want to make money off them; they hold-up affects those whose lives might well be positively affected by tech that's ready to go.


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