MDICx Series

MDICx Series2MDIC presents an informative series of online teleconference workshops featuring emerging trends in medical technology regulatory science, MDIC projects and subject matter experts sharing perspectives, progress and opportunities.

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MDICx – Patient values and P-Values: Exploring a new method for developing patient-centered clinical trials

Friday, November 17, 12:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Central / 9 a.m. Pacific

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Using patient preference information to set the significance level and power of a clinical trial can maximize the value of a clinical trial based on the relative importance of benefit and risk outcomes to a specific patient population. The explicit incorporation of patient preferences into clinical trial design will address the longstanding conundrum that, in an enterprise devoted to easing the burden of disease, the afflicted currently have no input into the process. By designing clinical trials that reflect patients’ urgency and risk tolerance, scarce resources can be allocated more efficiently, bringing more therapies to more patients faster and more efficiently.

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The webinar speakers recently published an article on using the CDRH obesity patient preference study to set the statistical design for a hypothetical clinical trial. This retrospective analysis informs the ongoing MDIC project to use patient preferences to inform the design of Parkinson’s Disease clinical trials.

Topics include:

  • Use of Baysian decision analysis to incorporate patient preferences in the regulatory approval process for new therapies
  • CDRH’s commitment to advancing innovative methods and tools to collect and use patient preference information


  • Shomesh Chaudhuri, Laboratory for Financial Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT
  • Martin Ho, Associate Director for Quantitative Innovation, Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • Andrew W. Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor of Finance; Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT

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MDICx – A Case Study in How Patient Preference Information Contributes to Regulatory Decisions for Medical Devices

Monday, December 4, 12:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Central / 9 a.m. Pacific

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In 2016, CDRH issued its final guidance for the submission of patient preference information as part of a sponsor’s regulatory submission. As part of its commitment to partner with patients, CDRH has indicated willingness to work directly with medical device companies considering including patient preferences as part of their submission and encourages device companies to come to CDRH early to discuss their goals. NxStage, a medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets systems for the treatment of end-stage renal disease and acute kidney failure, submitted information from a patient preference study for a label expansion for their home hemodialysis (HHD) unit. The unit had been previously cleared for home use with a care partner, but patients expressed a desire for solo use of the device. A patient preference study measured patients’ maximum acceptable risk for HHD without a partner instead of in-center dialysis.

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On this webinar, NxStage will share their experience in working with CDRH on the development of this patient preference survey. Representatives from CDRH will share their perspectives on what they were looking for, as well as the Center’s commitment to partner with patients.


  • Martin Ho, MS, Associate Director for Quantitative Innovation, US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • Frank Hurst, MD, FACP, FASN, Medical Officer, Division of Reproductive, Gastro-Renal, and Urological Devices, Office of Device Evaluation, US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • Todd Snell, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, NxStage Medical

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Past MDICx Series Events

May 18, 2017 – Virtual Patient R Code Access and Use
The Virtual Patient (VP) model demonstrates utility for integrating historical information into prospective studies; reducing clinical trial timelines and costs, reducing clinical trial subject burden, and increasing medical technology access to provider and patient teams. This MDICx discusses VP R Code access via CRAN with demonstrations applying the model to various study types.

MDICx Series: Virtual Patient – R Code Access and Use 5/18/2017

April 17, 2017 – Leveraging Existing Information for Future Studies: The Case for Bayesian Methods
 Medical device clinical trial growth in size and complexity are well-documented burdens to clinical research conduct, regulatory review, and access to new medical technologies. The Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) has proposed a pathway to support industry and regulatory agencies in the transformation towards greater clinical trial efficiency.  Leveraging FDA guidance for the use of Bayesian statistics in medical device clinical trials, MDIC has created the Virtual Patient statistical model, which forward leverages historical information into prospective clinical trials.  The model creates potential for smaller, faster and more cost-efficient clinical trials.  Incorporation of prior knowledge in clinical trial design benefits patients by reducing burden; decreasing study size and trial length; and maintains scientific rigor.  Shifting clinical trial culture to more efficient and effective practices improves innovative technology access for providers and patients alike.

MDICx Series: Virtual Patient – CRT17 Encore Presentation 4/172017

April 6, 2017 – MDICx – Quality Metrics: Best Practices, Cases Examples and How Metrics Factor into the Case for Quality
 The Case for Quality continues to be a strategic priority for CDRH. One of the key questions continues to be how to measure quality. In this webinar, key contributors to the MDIC Case for Quality discuss quality metrics and how those metrics can be used to assess sustained quality performance.

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April 5, 2017 – MDICx: Draft Framework for Surrogate Sample Use in Clinical Diagnostic Test Development and Product Submission – from the MDIC Clinical Diagnostics Surrogate Samples Working Group
  • Why surrogate samples are used
  • Factors to consider when using surrogate samples
  • Surrogate sample use in diagnostic validations by study type

MDICx Clinical Diagnostics Surrogate Samples Draft Framework 4/5/17

March 23, 2017 – Survey of Surrogate Sample Use in Clinical Diagnostic Test Development and Product Submission – Report from the MDIC Clinical Diagnostics Surrogate Samples Working Group
The goal of this MDIC Clinical Dx initiative is to establish a foundation under which the use of surrogate samples can support product development with an initial focus on studies to support product submissions. One of the deliverables is to deliver an analysis of the use of surrogate samples to clearly understand and document under what circumstances such samples might be needed to verify or validate the safety and effectiveness of an IVD medical device. This included a survey of individuals that use or develop surrogate samples and analysis of publicly available IVD submission data via FDA’s Premarket Notification and Premarket Approval databases (e.g., 510(k) summaries, SSEs).


March 23, 2017 – Clinical Diagnostic Surrogate Sample Survey Report


February 14, 2017 – Making the Business Case for Quality – Reports from the MDIC Case for Quality Competencies Working group
The Case for Quality has been an FDA priority since 2011 with a goal to elevate the focus of all medical device stakeholders from baseline regulatory compliance to sustained, predictive practices that advance medical device quality and safety to achieve better patient outcomes. The Value of Quality was identified as a key component in driving executive understanding and building the business case for quality improvement. Speakers Pat Shafer and Pat Baird present this webinar on the Value of Quality whitepaper, a Cost of Poor Quality dashboard and a whitepaper on Management Review Guidance.

MDICx Making the Business Case for Quality


August 10, 2016 – Clinical Trial Quality by Design: Factors Critical to Quality
In 2015, the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative’s Quality by Design Project published their CTTI Quality by Design Project intended to “support proactive, cross-functional discussions and decision making at the time of trial development.” In addition to CTTI’s comprehensive set of recommendations, the MDIC Clinical Trial Design working group has created with some additional considerations for quality and efficient medical device clinical trials. This joint webinar provided an overview of both groups’ effort to promote clinical trial quality by design.

MDICx August 16, 2016 – Clinical Trial Quality By Design

May 10, 2016 – The Case for Quality Open Forum
The Case for Quality Open Forum welcomed the device industry, FDA, and healthcare providers to hear how our Case for Quality Working groups are driving predictable medical device metrics<a, maturity model analysis of quality systems and competency and product quality outcomes analytics for hospital value analysis teams. Our goal is to drive the medical technology community to focus beyond compliance to the drivers of product quality.

MDICx Series: Case for Quality Open Forum 5/10/2016

March 15, 2016 – Practical considerations for measuring and integrating patient preference information into your regulatory submission
MDIC Patient Centered Benefit-Risk Steering Committee members Bennett Levitan, John Bridges, and Brett Hauber discuss the practical implications of the MDIC Patient Preference Framework and the CDRH draft guidance on patient preference as well as case studies of patient preference studies and the impact of those studies on product development.

March 15 MDICx Practical considerations for measuring and integrating patient preference information


February 23, 2016 – The Emerging Case for Medical Device Interoperability Toward a Future of Patient Centered Care
MDIC invites FDA Associate Center Director for Digital Health, Bakul Patel, to present the agency’s current thinking on interoperability. Intersections with health care provider interests and device applications are presented by Julian M. Goldman, MD and Ed Cantwell. On January 26, 2016, FDA released draft guidance on medical device interoperability, and many medical device companies are considering how and why they might design their products to meet interoperability guidelines and standards. The draft guidance defines interoperability as “the ability of two or more products, technologies or systems to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged.”
Slides and links: Bakul Patel and Julian M. Goldman, MD

MDICx Series: The emerging case for medical device interoperability


November 17, 2015 – Advancing US Early Feasibility Studies – CDRH and MDIC Initiatives
This webinar discussed the CDRH Early Feasibility guidance, the MDIC Blueprint and experiences from sponsors who have submitted Early Feasibility Studies to CDRH. Speakers include: Owen Faris and Carla Wiese, CDRH; Angela Mallery, NAMSA; Vicki Pearson, Medtronic; and Karim Benali, Abiomed

MDICx webinar: Advancing U.S. Early Feasibility Studies – CDRH and MDIC Initiatives


August 12, 2015 – Advancing the Use of Central IRBs
We were pleased to host the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) through a MDICx Series presentation. This session, moderated by MDIC President & CEO, Bill Murray, describes the work CTTI has been doing to advance the use of central IRBs for multi-center clinical trials. Featured speakers included: Cynthia Hahn, Chief Operating Officer, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and
Soo Bang, Sr. Director, Global Alliances & Business Development, Celgene Corporation

MDICx Series: August 12, 2015 – Advancing the Use of Central IRBs for Multi-site clinical trials


July 30, 2015 – Patient Preference Framework & CDRH Draft Guidance
This series session of the MDICx Series starts with MDIC Board Member and Project Board Champion, Ross Jaffe, giving an overview of the newly released Framework report for incorporating patient preferences into the development and submission of new medical technologies. Following Ross’ presentation, Annie Saha from FDA’s CDRH gives an overview of the draft guidance released on May 13, 2015.

MDICx Series: July 30th: Patient Preference Framework & CDRH Guidance


June 24, 2015 – Case for Quality Open Forum
In this first MDICx Open Forum on the Case for Quality, understand what MDIC’s CfQ program entails and what projects the MDIC CfQ Forum are initiating. Also, hear an update from representatives from the Food & Drug Administration on the FDA’s Case for Quality Journey and learn about the research on Maturity Models that Deloitte & Touche LLP conducted and hear their findings on applicability in the Medical Technology sector.

MDICx Series- Case for Quality Open Forum 6/24/15

March 10, 2015 – CM&S: Heart & Vasculature Working Group
This session was presented by Wei Gan, Marc Horner, Thierry Marchal, Richard Gray & Pras Pathmanthan from MDIC’s Heart & Vasculature Working Group. The presentation gives an overview of the work and then dives deeper into in silico clinical trials, physiologically realistic simulation and the history, need, and difficulty of verifying and validating whole heart models.

MDICx Series: Heart & Vasculature

January 22, 2015 – Patient Centered Benefit-Risk Assessment
This session was presented by Stephanie Christopher, Brett Hauber and Ross Jaffe from the MDIC Patient Centered Benefit-Risk Assessment Project. The presentation gives an overview of the project and details the Catalog and Framework documents the group has been working on.

MDICx Series- Patient Centered Benefit-Risk Assessment 1/22/15

December 4, 2014 – Computational Modeling & Simulation
Our first MDICx Series teleconference was presented by Dawn Bardot, Kyle Myers and Tarek Haddad from the MDIC Computational Modeling & Simulation Project. The presentation begins with an overview of the project, a presentation on mock submissions to FDA/CDRH and the incorporation of virtual patients into clinical trials.

MDICx Series- Computational Modeling & Simulation 12/4/14