Washington, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee released new draft legislation as a part of 21st Century Cures. This initiative is aimed at accelerating health care discovery, development, and delivery innovations. Joel White, Executive Director of the Health IT Now Coalition, issued the following statement following the release:
“This draft bill clarifies how innovative new health IT products will be regulated into the future. The SOFTWARE Section of the bill is greatly simplified and more clearly delineates the lines between FDA regulations. We believe this will spur development of new and innovative health IT products that will improve the treatments patients get while enhancing opportunities for them to engage in their care.
We are also glad to see that the committee is still working on details of two important elements – interoperability and telemedicine. These issues are critically important. The fact that interoperability and telemedicine were kept in the draft legislation confirms the Committee’s desire to find solutions for both issues, especially if given the time and resources to tackle the opportunity.
Finally, we are heartened the bill represents the bipartisan leadership of the committee. We commend Chairman Fred Upton, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts, Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green, and Congresswoman Diana DeGette for their determination in advancing this legislation.
Today’s draft gets us one step closer to a 21st century health system.”
About the Health IT Now Coalition: Health IT Now is a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers that supports incentives to deploy heath information technology to improve care, provider performance, patient outcomes, and to lower costs.