Today, the Health IT Now Coalition wants to take a moment and applaud President Obama for his commitment to bolstering the U.S. economy, expanding access to healthcare, and supporting the men and women of the Military and our Veterans.
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 The undersigned organizations believe that the FDA’s Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Mobile Medical Applications issued on July 21, 2011 is a first step to establishing regulations for mobile medical apps, but more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.