Big Data is now permeating throughout the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has teamed up with Dynamics Research Corp. (announced this week) and agreed upon a $50 million deal in order to help prepare the FDA’s entrance into the Big Data era, according to InformationWeek Healthcare and other sources.
Let the Collaboration Begin…
The FDA is ramping up its technology and computing solutions to increase collaboration with scientists both inside and outside of the organization. They are specifically focusing on “about a half-dozen areas including drugs, medical devices, tobacco and food safety.” As more and more collaboration takes place, there will be an increase in data transfer and communication – thus increasing the demand for storage of real-time data as well as the efficient mobile data collection solutions.
The FDA Expands
The FDA is improving its technological systems to help complement its increased regulatory authorities. In addition to many other improvements, the FDA has been focusing on mobile health applications. According to a 2011 InformationWeek Healthcare report, “a quarter of all U.S. consumer spending goes to products the FDA regulates.” In addition, DRC’s senior VP and general manager Paul Strasser told InformationWeek Healthcare, “The FDA mission has to be getting ahead of the game in terms of safety.” The increased level of safety is fostered and facilitated by increasing data usage and data implementation.
FDA in Good Hands
The FDA is partnering with the DRC who works with numerous federal departments and agencies, including the Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, DRC also has contracts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The FDA Provides Clearance for Mobile Health
MobiHealthNews reports that there have been 75 510(k) clearances with mobile software components mentioned in them. MobiHealthNews Research compiled a report at the following link – 75 FDA Regulated Mobile Medical Apps.
Data and Apps Growing
Research2guidance estimated that 247 million mobile phone users downloaded health apps in 2012. This number is nearly double the amount of mobile phones users that downloaded apps in 2011.
More impressive statistics about the growth of mobile data collection and the big data world include reports from the 4th annual mHealth Summit held in December in Washington, D.C. FierceMobileHealthcare reports that there was a record breaking 4,050 participants from 56 countries and all 50 states attending the event. In addition, there was a 50 percent increase in the number of exhibitors.
Not only is Big Data making a profound impact throughout the FDA and across the world, but mobile data collection is having an impact as well. Check out COMMANDmobile to learn more about how Big Data and mobile data collection can propel your organization forward as well as help meet your customers’ needs for efficient mobile data collection solutions.