January 24, 2019

On May 18, 2018, MDIC convened a workshop to discuss the outcomes and next steps for its patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) project in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The project was a nearly two-year collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, FDA CDRH, MIT, and RTI Health Solutions to investigate how patient preferences could be used to set statistical significance levels in a clinical trial design.

April 1, 2019

Home hemodialysis device manufacturer, NxStage, used the MDIC Patient-Centered Benefit-Risk (PCBR) Framework as a guide in developing a patient preference survey to quantify the acceptable risk of hemodialysis home alone versus at a dialysis center. Data from that survey were taken into consideration in FDA CDRH’s decision to clear an expanded indication for NxStage’s home hemodialysis device – the first 510(k) clearance in which quantitative patient preference data played a role. 

April 8, 2019

This document provides an updated Literature Review for the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Science of Patient Input (SPI) Working Group for submission as a deliverable under the MDIC BAA contract.  This high-level review reflects a broad scan of publicly available information about relevant organizations, initiatives, materials and publications.  While it is up to date as of March 2019, this summary is not exhaustive and should be viewed as a representative snapshot of activities and resources within the highly active and evolving field of patient engagement in clinical research. As new organizations, resources, and publications are being developed and launched continually, this work should be updated regularly to ensure its completeness and relevance over time.

MDIC received funding for this project from FDA BAA HHSF223201810116C “Framework for Patient Input in Medical Device Clinical Trials.”

April 9, 2019

MDIC surveyed 53 device and diagnostic industry stakeholders and separately surveyed 123 individuals identifying as patients. The goal of the complementary surveys was to inform future work to develop guidelines for industry on how to involve patients in the design of clinical trials. 

Within our survey response populations, we discovered: 

  • Over 50% of industry respondents involved in protocol development never gained patient input to protocol development. A further 28% gained input less than 25% of the time. 
  • Figures were even greater for industry gaining patient input to operational study design after protocol finalization with over 80% involving patients never or less than 25% of the time. 
  • There were some disconnects in the perspective of industry vs patients with regards to the reasons patients might enroll in a clinical trial, particularly around the importance of doctor recommendation. 

The lack of patient involvement by industry in study design, contrasted with some of the differences in perspective that this survey uncovered, supports the need for further work to enable medical device clinical trials.

June 27, 2019

Surrogate samples, when properly used, can not only decrease the time needed for analytical testing, but also reduce the costs and time of sample collection for development and regulatory submission. But the lack of commonly agreed to terminology and a defined experimental framework for surrogate use reduces the predictability and efficiency of IVD development, translating into higher costs and reduced patient access to new and innovative medical devices.

The framework — created via a 22-month collaborative process between MDIC, FDA CDRH, AdvaMed, BD, Abbott, Hologic, Sysmex, Roche, and BARDA — aims to establish a foundation for the use of surrogate samples to support IVD product development and the regulatory process. The framework may be found here.

Harmonized educational materials were created for IVD test developers and FDA CDRH reviewers to facilitate a more predictable pathway for submissions. These educational materials include a Surrogate Sample Framework Training Module and five case studies.

June 26, 2019

Keynote Panel: Intersection of Quality and Cybersecurity



Intersection of Quality and Clinical Diagnostics: An opportunity for cross-collaboration at MDIC

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Update from CDRH

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Working Group Update – Leadership Engagement

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Working Group Update – Quality as Career Option

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Working Group Update – CAPA

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Working Group Update – Analytics: NESTcc Test Case

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What’s Next and Closing Remarks

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June 10, 2019

We’ve published our first-ever annual report to share the impact of our work during the 2018 year. This report not only helps quantify and demonstrate the impact we’ve had but also helps us identify opportunities for growth and improvement. Some of the key highlights from the Annual Report include launching the Health Economics and Patient Access initiative, announcing NESTcc’s Real-World Evidence Test-Cases, and publishing a number of tools and resources for stakeholders. We developed and published a report on cybersecurity for medical devices. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedicated members of our public-private partnership who help us promote patient access to innovative medical technologies.

March 4, 2019

Below are downloadable files from the Case for Quality Forum.

  1. Welcome from ASQ | American Society for Quality 
  2. MDIC Overview Presentation | Medical Device Innovation Consortium 
  3. MDIC CfQ Presentation | MDIC Working Group 
  4. Advancing Quality and Regulatory Science |  CDRH: OIR / FDA 
  5. Medical Device Discovery Appraisal Program | CMMI, CDRH/ FDA, Two Harbors Consulting 
  6. Reflections on Illumina’s MDDAP/VIP Appraisal | Illumnia 
  7. 501(k) Program Improvement Project | NSigma Solutions 
  8. #MAKECAPACOOL | MDIC Working Group 




November 27, 2018

Welcome and goals for the day – Beth Staub | Slides

Keynote: Building Digital Analytics Foundation for Autonomous Factories at Western Digital – Attila Lengyel | Slides

Results of the CDRH Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Pilot – George Zack, Kim Kaplan, Francisco Vicenty | Slides 

What we learned from the pilot – Kim Kaplan | Slides

MDIC Governance Survey Results – George Serafin | Slides

What’s Next? – Francisco Vicenty | Slides