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Popper and Company Advisor Michael Little Offers Insights on FDA’s 2014 Regulations for LDTs

August 15th, 2014
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On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its plans for regulation aimed at ensuring that certain tests used by healthcare professionals provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. First, the FDA issued a final guidance on the development, review and approval or clearance of companion diagnostics. Second, consistent with the requirements of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA), the agency notified Congress of its intention to publish a proposed risk-based oversight framework for laboratory-developed tests (LDTs).

 

I recently spoke to new Popper and Company senior advisor, Michael Little, Ph.D., who recently retired from industry after a long career as a senior executive in the in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and companion diagnostic (CDx) industries. Following are excerpts from that interview.

 
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Q&A Part Two: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

June 20th, 2014
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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. He also is the author of the well-respected blog, The Digital Health Corner, which addresses emerging issues regarding the adoption of digital health technologies. In Part One of my talk with David, who is the newest Popper and Co. team member, we discussed how technology can impact today’s healthcare environment, especially healthcare efficiency. In Part Two, we discuss challenges in development and adoption of these technologies.

Why have physicians resisted a lot of healthcare technologies?

Physicians are scientists. The first thing they want is evidence that something works. Few digital technologies have demonstrated benefit with regards to improving patient outcomes. But physicians still have a huge bad taste in their mouths from the original introduction of electronic health records, which represents the face of digital technology to them. Technology has to appeal to them in the way they practice medicine, addressing problems they face daily. It needs to solve whether they deal with communications, scheduling, medical adherence, or other issues in clinical management. Finally, many physicians are ideologically distant from participatory medicine. They don’t yet give the patient extreme importance when it comes to participating in their care. Part of this lies in the fact that they are not taking advantage of some digital tools available now which can improve patient self-management and involve caregivers to a larger extent.

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Q&A Part One: Technology & Healthcare Efficiency—Not Always the Perfect Match

May 28th, 2014
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David Lee Scher, M.D., is a cardiac electrophysiologist and a pioneer in remote patient monitoring, adopting such devices to his medical practice more than 13 years ago. He also is the author of the well-respected blog, The Digital Health Corner, which addresses emerging issues regarding the adoption of digital health technologies. I recently had a chance to talk to David, who is the newest Popper and Co. team member, about today’s healthcare environment, and the impacts technology can have on healthcare efficiency.

 

How did you get involved with digital health?

I became involved with remote patient monitoring in 2000 as the first cardiologist in private practice to utilize this for my patients with implantable defibrillators. But even before that, I used electronic medical records in my group practice. The system was even mobile (on the Palm Pilot in the late 1990s). From 2003 to 2005, I was instrumental in managing a project that took remote monitoring data from implantable cardiac rhythm devices to electronic records; this was cutting edge at the time. When mobile health/digital technologies started getting into the realm of smart phones, and sensors really fanned out, I wanted to get more involved in the field of mobile health, applying my clinical and technological experiences as a consultant. In 2011, when I started blogging on the subject, a clinical perspective was lacking. There still exists a gap between developers and clinicians. This gap is no better demonstrated than in the area of electronic health records and mobile health technologies.

 

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Q&A, Part Two: Addressing an Enormous Public Health Problem with a Simple Technology Solution

January 17th, 2014
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Inadequate handwashing is a huge problem in hospitals, contributing to as much as 70% of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Seth Freedman, co-founder and CEO of IntelligentM, and his partners believe they have a simple, innovative solution to boosting hand-washing rates—a smartband that contains electronic sensors to determine whether or not a healthcare worker is washing his or her hands effectively. In this second part of our interview, I discuss the barriers and challenges to introducing a new healthcare technology.
 
An Interview with IntelligentM Co-Founder Seth Freedman ­– Part Two
 
What obstacles have you encountered with creating a market for your new product?

The hardest issue for us is that it’s very difficult to sell new technology to hospitals. That is a historical pattern. If you look at the introduction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and smart infusion technology, they weren’t accepted immediately either. Hospitals are large, bureaucratic organizations, often reluctant to change. It’s a difficult environment with lots of approval points and long sales cycles. Smaller, product development companies are all experiencing this reluctance now. So, we’re talking with early adopters of technology products at hospitals, and at specific healthcare facilities that are known to be early adopters of technology. Once those organizations validate electronic hand hygiene compliance products, ours and our competitors, then the purchasing and usage of these products becomes more widespread.
 
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Q&A: Addressing an Enormous Public Health Problem with a Simple Technology Solution

January 10th, 2014
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Inadequate handwashing is a pervasive public health problem, contributing to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), which cost American society in the tens of billions of dollars and cause at least 100,000 deaths each year. While many potential solutions have been developed, none have been particularly effective at encouraging sanitary behavior among hospital employees. In this two-part post, I talk with Seth Freedman, co-founder and CEO of IntelligentM, which was created to introduce a simple technological solution to spot incorrect – and to encourage proper – hand-washing techniques.
 
An Interview with IntelligentM Co-Founder Seth Freedman ­– Part One
 
How did you get started?

IntelligentM was founded about three years ago by a serial entrepreneur, a technologist and a surgeon based on the principle that technology, if used correctly, could reduce the staggering problem know as hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
 
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MyHealthTeams CEO Eric Peacock on Social Media in Healthcare, Part II

November 5th, 2013
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Part Two—Interview with Eric Peacock, CEO, Co-founder, MyHealthTeams
 
Eric Peacock co-founded the social networking company MyHealthTeams to help people suffering from chronic conditions find better ways to communicate with each other and share valuable information. In 2011, the company began with the launch of MyAutismTeam, an interactive social media site serving parents of people with autism. It has since expanded, launching MyBCTeam to help women diagnosed with breast cancer and MyMSTeam for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, and Peacock plans to create many more sites for people living with certain chronic conditions. In Part One, we discussed the creation of MyHealthTeams, what role social media can play in patient-centric healthcare spaces, and how this concept became popular. In Part Two of our interview, we talk about how the sites work, and the untapped potential of the Internet to provide meaningful social interactions for patients, and their families and friends.
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MyHealthTeams CEO Eric Peacock Offers New Function for Social Media in Healthcare

October 24th, 2013
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Part One—Interview with Eric Peacock, CEO, Co-founder, MyHealthTeams
 
Eric Peacock co-founded the social site company MyHealthTeams to help people suffering from chronic diseases and their friends and families find better ways to communicate with each other and share valuable information. In 2011, the company began with the launch of MyAutismTeam, an interactive social media site serving parents of people with autism. It has since expanded to help women diagnosed with breast cancer and with multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, and Peacock plans to create many more disease-specific sites. We talked with Eric about his plans and the role of social media in healthcare.
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Q&A: Seamless Medical’s David Perez is Giving the Physician Waiting Room a 2.0 Update

October 14th, 2013
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David Perez is the founder and CEO of Seamless Medical Systems, a New Mexico-based company that developed cloud-based patient-engagement platforms that integrate electronic medical records (EMRs) and other health data to create a complete health profile for any patient. SNAP® Practice, a Seamless product, engages a patient starting with registration in the waiting room, extending to the exam room while connecting patients and practice via any mobile device outside of the office. Popper and Company’s Ken Walz interviewed Perez about Seamless Medical Systems and what he sees ahead in the future of healthcare technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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What You Need to Know About AdvaMed 2011

September 19th, 2011
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An Interview with AdvaMed Conference Producer Ray Briscuso
 
In preparation for AdvaMed 2011: The MedTech Conference, we had a unique opportunity to interview Ray Briscuso, President and CEO at Life Sciences Conference Group, LLC. Each year, Briscuso works with the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) to produce one of the most important meetings focused on medical devices and diagnostics, and which brings together more than 1,500 key MedTech executives from companies in every sector of the industry. It is the premier conference, exhibition and partnering event for medical device, diagnostic and health information companies. In the past, internationally respected voices, such as former Presidents George Bush (Sr.) and Bill Clinton, have been featured as plenary speakers.
 
I am eagerly anticipating September 26-28 when AdvaMed 2011 will be held in Washington, DC. Following are some insights and highlights from our discussion with Ray about how to get the most out of this year’s event: Read the rest of this entry »

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Expert’s View: Trends in Trans-Atlantic Life Science Technology

June 7th, 2011
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In my May 17 blog post, I introduced Dr. Andreas Muehler as one of Popper and Co.’s new strategic advisors. Dr. Muehler brings broad perspectives and business insights, owing in part to his close relationships with established industry leaders in the joint development and commercialization of medical products worldwide. Building upon our last discussion, where I was caught by his enthusiasm as we talked about his past role as CEO for a struggling medical device firm and his experiences positioning products in the global marketplace, I recently talked with Dr. Muehler again to further explore his impressions on the differences between the E.U. and U.S. markets for new life science technologies.
 
CP:  You’ve served within or supported the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in both Europe and the U.S. What do you see as some of the differences?

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