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Mobile Apps and Real World Evidence

The randomised clinical trial (RCT) has long been the gold standard in drug development but this tightly controlled environment provides a poor picture of how a new therapy will fare in the real world. So-called real-world evidence (RWE) may not

Posted in Apps, Patient Safety, Software Development, Technology, Validation

Unreliable Asthma Apps

An early study of first generation asthma diagnostic apps identified many were unvalidated, contained errors and offered therapeutic interventions that were not evidence based. Since those early days clinicians, policy groups and regulators have actively discussed the quality and safety

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Insulin dosing apps are unreliable and prone to error

A recent study led by the Global eHealth Unit at Imperial College London has found that the majority of insulin dosing apps are unreliable and put patients at risk of getting incorrect doses of insulin. Huckvale and colleagues found 46

Posted in Apps, Patient Safety, Software Development, Technology, Uncategorized, Validation

VirtualPV and BaseCon at the European DIA

VirtualPV and their partners BaseCon look forward to meeting you at this years European DIA conference being held in Paris between 13-15 April. Please visit our exhibition stand (Booth 3.D01) and let us show you the latest version of our

Posted in Apps, Events, Patient Safety, Software Development, Technology, Validation

Consumers want government oversight on health apps

Around 90 percent of young people think there should be some governmental regulation and oversight for digital health apps, according to a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia survey of 3,000 consumers. Findings from this survey were presented at the mHealth Summit

Posted in Apps, Patient Safety, Regulation, Security

Patient safety protocols require a wearable!

A California hospital has begun requiring certain patients use a wearable remote patient monitoring device in order to comply with internal patient safety protocols. Chino Valley Medical Center is employing the Leaf Patient Monitoring System from Pleasanton-based Leaf Healthcare. The

Posted in Patient Safety, Regulation, Software Development, Technology

WEB-RADR – a 3 year wait for an app that’s already available

WEB-RADR is a three-year industry/regulator project which, amongst other things, will be looking to develop a mobile app for healthcare professionals and the public to report suspected ADRs to national EU regulators. BUT WHY WAIT 3+ years – a validated

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Using Twitter to study drug side effects

A recent study in Drug Safety demonstrated that patients are increasingly reporting their side effects via Twitter. Utilizing a semi-automated process to identify 23 drug products on Twitter, approximately 7 million tweets were assessed, with 60,000 evaluated, producing 4,400 identified.

Posted in Patient Safety, Technology

MHRA leads social media drug safety initiative

The MHRA has announced that it is to lead European medicines regulators, academics and pharma in a three-year project to develop new ways of gathering drug safety information. Known as ‘WEB-RADR’, the project is in response to the rise in

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Pharma companies may soon have to tweet side effects

The FDA has proposed a new set of social media guidelines that will require drug companies to tweet their products’ side-effects to the world, reports The Wall Street Journal. Though still tentative, the proposal would make it so that all

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