Recently, the National Hispanic Medical Association applauded Reps. Nunes and Pallone in a letter for their introduction of the TELE-MED Act. Read the full text here.
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On September 18, Roll Call published an opinion piece by Health IT Now’s Joel White. The full text is below.
How Telemedicine Could Change Medicare | Commentary
By Joel White
The Medicare program, and the 49 million elderly and disabled Americans who rely on it, are facing an uphill battle when it comes to quality and cost.
CMS OIG Proposed Rules HITN final
Today, Representative Diane Black (R-TN 6) and Representative Mike Honda (D-CA 17) sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) voicing their support for the reduction of barriers to information sharing through electronic health records.
Health IT has tremendous potential to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Consider the market explosion in consumer medical technologies:
From 2010 to 2011 there has been a 250% increase in the number of medical apps available in the iTunes App Store that would be subject to FDA evaluation.
500 Million Smartphone users will be using health apps by 2015.
The Health IT Now Coalition is pleased to support HR 436, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2011. This legislation would stop the medical device tax from being implemented while improving patient access to new innovative medical technologies and lowering health care costs.
The popularity of mobile medical applications reflects the desire of many Americans to use technology to actively engage in their own health. The undersigned organizations believe that the FDA’s Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Mobile Medical Applications issued on July 21, 2011 is a first step to establishing regulations for mobile medical apps, but more work needs to be done.
WASHINGTON – The Health IT Now Coalition today commended members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their passage of the Food and Drug Administration User Fee Reauthorization Act. The Coalition also applauded the leadership of both the House and Senate for their swift, bipartisan negotiations to pass this critical piece of legislation.