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Taking the Conversation around Patient-Generated Health Data a Step Further

This piece is guest-authored by Sean W. Sigmon, Oracle, Health IT Now Steering Committee Member As leaders in Washington continue to debate the repeal and replace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health IT industry continues to explore opportunities to lower costs and improve quality using new technologies and data.

Health IT: Transformative Means to Reduce Health Care Costs

Much of the debate in Washington has focused on reforming the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). When evaluating the impact of these efforts, it is important to keep in mind the original objectives of the law.

Health IT Now Applauds Senate Passage of National Defense Authorization Act with Telehealth Section

Health IT Now Executive Director Robert Horne today issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, particularly the inclusion of important telehealth policies.“HITN applauds the Senate for acting in a bipartisan manner to pass this important piece of legislation.

Health IT Now Applauds Senate Passage of 21st Century Cures Act

Health IT Now Executive Director Robert Horne today issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.“HITN applauds the Senate for acting in a bipartisan manner to pass these important pieces of legislation. HITN continues to be encouraged by the inclusion of health IT in the ongoing Washington, D.C., debates around health policy.

Health IT Now Supports 21st Century Cures

On November 30, 2016, Health IT Now sent letters of support for the 21st Century Cures Act to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and urged its immediate passage. To read the full letter, please click here.

Health IT Now Looks Forward to Working with Price to Advance Health IT

Health IT Now Executive Director Robert Horne today issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s appointment of House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) as Department of Health and Human Services Secretary.“Doctor Price has long advocated for health care reforms that will ultimately encourage the continued growth of health IT.

Summary of the ONC Enhanced Oversight and Accountability Final Rule

On October 14, 2016, ONC released the final rule entitled ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability. The final rule outlines ONC’s plan for implementing enhanced oversight of certified health IT products via direct review. Health IT Now created a summary table of provisions of the proposed rule and correlating provisions of the final rule.

Health IT Now Letter on MACRA Virtual Groups

Today, Health IT Now sent a letter to Acting Administrator Slavitt urging CMS to move forward as soon as possible on implementing virtual groups, which were included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Click here to read the full letter.

Two Major Regulations Impact Health IT Marketplace

Today, two final rules were released that will have a major impact on all sectors of the healthcare system, and an especially large impact on the health IT sector.

Health IT Now Comments on FDA Software Guidance

Health IT Now issued the following statement in response on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) draft guidance entitled Software as a Medical Device (SAMD): Clinical Evaluation:“Health IT Now appreciates the international community’s continued work on health IT regulation.

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