In late January and with an eye on HIMSS 2011, Cisco’s partner Extension Inc. issued a press release announcing that it had submitted its HealthAlert for Nurses offering to the FDA for clearance. Is said that the FDA could find no communications tool on the market that was “substantially equivalent” to HealthAlert for Nurses.
“This submission for FDA clearance culminates two years of research and tremendous effort designed to differentiate Extension from similar – but certainly not equal products – currently available in the marketplace,” Extension CEO Todd Plesko stated in the release. “It also offers comfort to our growing hospital client base seeking to utilize their existing Cisco infrastructure and/or the emergence of smartphones, and serves as future-proofing for our clients and partners in the face of more FDA regulation in the middleware communication space. I think everyone in the industry agrees more FDA regulation in mobile health and communication is on the horizon. We’ve positioned ourselves well ahead of the pack both for Cisco IP-based handsets and smartphones.”
This week a different middleware vendor in the clinician communications space announced an actual FDA clearance for its product — not a submission — a clearance, which might mean Plesko overstepped in his declaration that Extension was “well ahead of the pack,” at least in terms of that specific FDA submission: Keep reading>>