As IoT increasingly moves into healthcare, and data from wearable health devices flows more from consumers’ wrists to physicians’ charts, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to keep pace with the fast-evolving technologies.

Meanwhile, a well-known private organization interested in the safety and security of medical devices has stepped up its efforts in these arenas.

UL watching IoT developments

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the more-than-century-old industrial and electronics testing company firm, is one of several companies approved to perform safety testing by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

In interviews with SearchHealthIT, Anura Fernando, UL’s principal engineer for medical software and systems interoperability, said the FDA’s recent moves in the areas of IoT and wearable devices — as expressed in its non-binding but widely disseminated guidance documents — have been influential. However, Fernando noted that with the playing field of the new technologies so vast and unsettled, it’s sometimes hard for the agency to keep up.

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