General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of the draft guidance entitled “General Wellness: Policy for Low Risk Devices.” FDA is issuing this draft guidance to provide clarity to industry and FDA staff on the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s (CDRH’s) compliance policy for low risk products that promote a healthy lifestyle (general wellness products). This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.

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DRAFT Policy


Telepsychiatry: the New Frontier in Mental Health

Like telemedicine, telepsychiatry relies on technology to bring clinical medicine to patients, rather than the other way around. Patients typically videoconference with doctors using computers or videoconferencing equipment. Telepsychiatric services are growing, and the advantage is that such technology opens access to care, particularly for those in remote areas where there are fewer psychiatrists.


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$2.85 Million Raised For Telemedicine ‘Selfies’

A study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology reveals there was a 90 percent agreement between office evaluations of skin conditions and evaluations via mobile phones, Health IT Outcomes reported. This supports the notion “Teledermatology is reliable for the triage of inpatient dermatology consultations and has the potential to improve efficiency.”

Health IT Outcomes

Enabling Better Access to Healthcare