MedWatcher

Use Case n. 551MedWatcher is a user-friendly tool for tracking and reporting side effects of drugs, medical devices, and vaccines.http://www.medwatcher.orgBostonMassachusettsBoston, Massachusetts, United States2115John Brownstein2010PrivateHealthcareData Management And Analytic ServicesDatabase LicensingMedWatcher is a web and mobile tool for both healthcare professionals and consumers that promotes drug, device, and vaccine safety. MedWatcher allows users to submit adverse event reports to the FDA using a streamlined form while providing them with real-time notifications of government safety alerts, reported adverse events, news and research, and social media activity for specified products. Endorsed and co-branded by the FDA, MedWatcher currently covers all US drugs, devices, and vaccines, with expansion into the EU in progress. Half of all Americans take a prescription drug, yet 86% of adverse drug events go unreported, according to HHS, with most reports coming from manufacturers. Reports that do get submitted are processed by the FDA and made public on an irregular basis -- monthly, quarterly, or sometimes even less frequently. This information system is slow, resulting in many missed safety signals, and puts patients at risk. MedWatcher tackles this issue by making it vastly easier to report adverse events and by sharing adverse event data immediately with patient and provider communities. With direct involvement from patients, a high volume of data, and a user-friendly, transparent system, MedWatcher is a powerful tool for making drugs, devices, and vaccines safer.MedWatcher is a project out of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. It was created in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH). Support from the FDA enables us to provide the MedWatcher tool to users at no charge.
UsagesUse Case n. 551
TaglineMedWatcher is a user-friendly tool for tracking and reporting side effects of drugs, medical devices, and vaccines.
Homepagehttp://www.medwatcher.org
CityBoston
StateMassachusetts
Mapping LocationBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Zip Code2115
CEOJohn Brownstein
Year Founded2010
Comapny TypePrivate
Market CategoriesHealthcare
Revenue SourceData Management And Analytic Services
Revenue SourceDatabase Licensing
DescriptionMedWatcher is a web and mobile tool for both healthcare professionals and consumers that promotes drug, device, and vaccine safety. MedWatcher allows users to submit adverse event reports to the FDA using a streamlined form while providing them with real-time notifications of government safety alerts, reported adverse events, news and research, and social media activity for specified products. Endorsed and co-branded by the FDA, MedWatcher currently covers all US drugs, devices, and vaccines, with expansion into the EU in progress. Half of all Americans take a prescription drug, yet 86% of adverse drug events go unreported, according to HHS, with most reports coming from manufacturers. Reports that do get submitted are processed by the FDA and made public on an irregular basis -- monthly, quarterly, or sometimes even less frequently. This information system is slow, resulting in many missed safety signals, and puts patients at risk. MedWatcher tackles this issue by making it vastly easier to report adverse events and by sharing adverse event data immediately with patient and provider communities. With direct involvement from patients, a high volume of data, and a user-friendly, transparent system, MedWatcher is a powerful tool for making drugs, devices, and vaccines safer.
Financial InformationMedWatcher is a project out of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. It was created in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH). Support from the FDA enables us to provide the MedWatcher tool to users at no charge.