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FDA's patient engagement panel discusses use of patient-generated data

A recent meeting of the FDA's Patient Engagement Advisory Committee convened by the agency's Center for Devices and Radiological Health covered the potential use of social media and other patient-generated data as a source of post-market medical device data. Panelists and speakers noted use of such information has benefits, such as reduced expense, easier patient follow-up and quicker FDA reaction to adverse events, but it brings several challenges, including privacy, accuracy and generalizability.

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