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Software as medical device (SaMD) continues to emerge in consumer products, including diabetes and sleep management. When it comes to FDA cybersecurity, every device developer knows the ecosystem is more likely to be wifi-connected than ever before. Cyber awareness involves using design controls to consider a variety of consumer SaMD applications & how they connect to smartphone operating systems and open network solutions. By scaling efficacy technology, or personalized medicine, developers are addressing a rapidly growing segment of healthcare treatment.
How can regulatory compliance help protect consumers from hackers when forwarding patient info between sources is involved? During a risk assessment, a SaMD consultant might end up looking at every step between the health system provider and convenience of not visiting a clinical environment. Further, as industry leaders who understand how technology can increase the speed of personalized medicine to market, what types of cyber awareness becomes more critical to protecting patients?
One SaMD cybersecurity focus Schniepp has already identified is in the Home Dialysis industry. Medical device manufacturers are continuing to evolve with the demand for smaller prototype devices in general, which may enhance cyber convenience becoming a competitive advantage. However, the commercial cyber threat is permanent and even the largest organizations in the dialysis industry can be a target.
Lynn agrees & understands that an FDA combination product strategy will continue innovation by means of software and drug delivery. This fundamental mindset change requires extending the definition of “users” of these connected medical devices. It includes patients and HCPs — but also FDA inspection roles needed during during regulatory compliance (e.g. biomedical engineers, IT engineers).
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Any combination device would include cyber awareness practices between medical devices & connected facilities that demonstrate and prove trust. Do the relationships between healthcare infrastructure increase or decrease exposure to disruption? Further, where could any attack surface breach trust and cause harm to the patent (e.g. disrupting a patient dosing device). Cyber awareness understands that intended use of the device must also address the perspective of an unwanted attacker.
Lynn & Schniepp both agree on one topic: patient compliance. Any type of medical device software that increases patient adherence during a healthcare routine will be applauded by FDA consultants. FDA SaMD guidance lists the ISO standards and QMS regulations needed for the submission. Accelerating the intended use through increased compliance is a regulatory strategy that can be presented via clinical evidence.
About Susan Schniepp
Regulatory Compliance Associates® Distinguished Fellow and the Parenteral Drug Association® (PDA) Chair of Board of Directors, Susan Schniepp, will be presenting a tech talk at INTERPHEX® in April 2023 where you can learn about contamination control strategy, how to identify and assess risk, prepare mitigation pathways, and defining preventive actions associated with contamination in sterile product manufacturing.
Sue is the knowledge leader for RCA® and is Chair of the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) Board of Directors. Sue’s background includes cGMPs, audit readiness, change control, investigations, supplier quality, and batch record review.
About RCA’s Medical Device Consulting Services
The regulatory process surrounding the medical device industry involves a strict adherence to pre/post market compliance throughout a device’s life-cycle. Even a single compliance issue you have can turn into a significant effect on your business. RCA’s medical device consultants can help guide you through any stage of this strategic process, with capabilities during product development through the regulatory clearance/approval of your product.
Our team of over 500 medical device consultant Experts — including former FDA officials and other leaders in the field of medical device regulation — will work with your company to create a quality assurance and regulatory compliance approach tailored to your products and regulatory needs. RCA works with both international Fortune 100 companies and small local start-ups, as well as law firms requesting remediation for warning letters, 483’s, import bans or consent decrees. Very few medical device consulting companies have the same expertise in a variety of medical fields.
For medical device manufacturers, technology can be a double-edged sword. The innovative technologies that elevate the quality of life for patients can also be used to potentially undermine the organization using the device. The consequences can affect the device itself if RCA’s medtech consultants do not implement good IoT cybersecurity and FDA cybersecurity protocols. At Regulatory Compliance Associates Inc.®, we offer a wide variety of services for medical devices security to help ensure that your product is protected from cyber-attacks.
With a well-planned design, along with full visibility of product development and the supply chain, RCA’s medical device consultant Experts can help strengthen your device’s cybersecurity posture throughout. We partner with medical device companies for the entire life cycle, including from the development of your product to the regulatory submission services involved with medical technology consulting.
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As a trusted regulatory affairs consultant, our FDA veterans and industry experts represent RCA as one of the top medical device consulting firms. We’re here to help you navigate the difficulties associated with new product submissions. RCA’s medical device consulting company has expertise in both the approval process and post-approval support.
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Our value goes beyond the initial response by helping companies successfully execute their action plans, develop an improved compliance culture tailored to the needs of their business, and ultimately move beyond the regulatory action to emerge as a stronger business. We negotiate difficult demands of remediation with insight and the clear advantage of our medical device consultant expertise and experience that makes partnering with RCA® a competitive differentiator in the remediation space.
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