Monday, December 17, 2012

FDA Safety and Innovation Act & Health IT

Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act this summer.  included therein was Section 618 on Health Information Technology:

    (a) Report- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the `Secretary'), acting through the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and in consultation with the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, shall post on the Internet Web sites of the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a report that contains a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology, including mobile medical applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

#ONC2012 - Rep. Phil Gingrey remarks

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) addressed #ONC2012 on December 12, 2012. These are his comments and his introduction as taken from the full transcript.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari
>> Thank you so much. We have another special guest with us today, and unfortunately our guest Congressman Phil Gingrey Georgia 11th district does have a vote to run to, so left us without too much of an overlong instruction, if everyone could take your seats and get started Congressman Gingrey is a member of the energy commerce meet, over activities we have here at ONC and also as a physician, OB-GYN who trained at memorial hospital, did residency at medical college of Georgia, he also has been a major driver and chair of the GOP doctors caucus, and provides that clinical perspective to the health policy discussions and activities that have been going on.

And I want to thank Congressman Gingrey for being with us today, and turn it over to the Congressman. Thank you. (Applause.)

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
>> Well, thank you. Thank you very much for that. It's certainly an honor to be asked to speak, to say a few words and to be introduced by the national coordinator of ONCHIT. I'm always a little hesitant to use that acronym because with the least bit of speech impediment God knows how that comes out.

But we had a little side bar conversation as I was coming in. I have been a supporter of electronic medical records for a long time. I spent 26 years in the private practice of medicine, the specialty of obstetrics and gynecology in my congressional district, the 11th of Georgia, northwest Georgia, the County could beb the town Marietta and I know all about shuffling papers, and charts of patients, looking for a report, not being able to find it, when the patient had their last PAP smear.

#ONC2012 - Sen. Mark Warner remarks

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) addressed #ONC2012 on December 12, 2012. These are his comments and his introduction as taken from the full transcript.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari
>> Take your seats, we have special guest here, Senator Warner has been a true champion for the use of technology and innovation to solve our nation's toughest problems.

He's been entrepreneur, co-founder of telecommunication firm Nextel, and early investor in scores of early start-ups that have really transformed how business operates and so many different fields. Following that, he of course applied his considerable executive powers as Governor of the state of Virginia, one of the best run States when he was there, and then took his passion and talent to the United States Senate.

What I can tell you about the Senator is that when we talk about health IT like no other legislator I have ever met with, he gets it and he gets it at a level of depth, of clarity, of questioning that is truly remarkable and I think you will see that on full display here. Ladies and gentlemen, Senator Warner.


Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
>> Senator Warner: Thank you for that very generous introduction and thank you for all the good work that ONC is doing and this opportunity to bring folks from around the country to talk about the challenges and opportunities around health IT.

#ONC2012 Transcript

The following is the official transcript from #ONC2012 as captured from the webcast page from approximately 10:00 a.m. to the program's conclusion at approximately 5:30 p.m. The beginning was not captured. >> indicates a change of speaker.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fundamental Questions about Certified Electronic Health Records

The Technology and Innovation subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing on Meaningful Use.

The hearing charter observed, based on a CRS report on the HITECH Act, "The ONC drafted a framework that outlined four goals for HIT (Health Information Technology):
  1. informing clinical practice by accelerating the use of EHRs (Electronic Health Records);
  2. connecting clinicians allowing them to exchange information in a secure environment;
  3. personalizing health care by enabling consumers to participate in their care; and
  4. improving population health through public health surveillance and through the acceleration and application of health research in clinical care."
Opening statements were given by Chairman Ben Quayle (R-AZ), Dr. Farzad Mostashari (ONC), Dr. Charles H. Romine (NIST), Mr. Marc Probst (Intermountain Healthcare), Ms. Rebecca Little (Medicity), and Dr. Willa Fields (HIMSS).

Brian Ahier, Dan Bowman, and Joseph Goedert covered the hearing. Scant mention was made of the last 14 minutes of the Q&A time which were the most revealing. (Hearing Video)

A transcript of those exchanges follows.