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Section of Science & Technology Law: Healthcare Technology Committee

Section of Science & Technology Law:
Healthcare Technology Committee


Healthcare Technology Legislation



H.R. 5866, Medical Device Patient Safety Act
Created By: Allison R. Trimble
Published: 8/5/2012

H.R. 5866, the Medical Device Patient Safety Act, directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), acting via the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, to establish a program to enhance oversight of FDA medical device recalls, including efforts to identify recall trends, causes of recalls, and the time to complete a recall. As of May 30, 2012, the legislation was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The text of the legislation can be found here. H.R. 5866

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H.R. 5651 Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012
Created By: Allison R. Trimble
Published: 8/5/2012

H.R. 5651, the Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012, amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to extend through FY2017 the authority of the Secretary to access and use fees for expediting the review process for medical device applications and for assuring safety and effectiveness of such devices. On June 4, 2012, H.R. 5651 was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders, Calendar No. 420. The text of the legislation can be found here. H.R. 5651

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H.R. 5906 Proposed to Repeal Excise Tax on Medical Devices
Created By: Allison R. Trimble
Published: 8/5/2012

H.R. 5906 to repeal excise tax on medical devices was referred on June 7, 2012 to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Text of the legislation can be found here. H.R. 5906


About the Committee



The Healthcare Technology Committee (“HTC”)’s mission is to: 1) raise awareness concerning the legal, science, technology and policy issues relating to the continually evolving healthcare technology in light of the current legislative focus on large-scale reform of the delivery and payment models for healthcare products and services; 2) draw upon the extensive and diverse knowledge and expertise of public and private sector members from a wide range of practice areas that touch upon healthcare technology and coordinate with other committees within the Section on Science and Technology Law and in other ABA Sections to take advantage of synergies and common interests relevant to this industry; 3) provide a forum for the exchange and sharing of best practices, knowledge and expertise pertinent to this industry; and 4) promote better understanding, thought leadership and proposed policy-making on a wide spectrum of complex and emerging issues arising in healthcare technology, including the role of information technology in healthcare reform and achievement of personalized medicine; the use, mining and transformation of data, cloud computing, remote hosted services and health information exchanges and the related data privacy and security issues; interoperability and standards; and government initiatives impacting this industry.


Healthcare Technology News



The Department of Health and Human Services has posted 5 critical steps healthcare organizations can take in order to create and manage programs governing the use of mobile devices by providers and other professionals. The article can be accessed here. http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/five-steps-organizations-can-take-manage-mobile-devices-used-health-care-pro

On December 14, 2012, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released approved test methods for EHR certification in 2014. Methods can be accessed here. http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2014-edition-final-test-method

Capital expenditure budgets for fiscal year 2013 are projected to dip below 2010 levels, yet healthcare IT spending continues to grow. The article can be accessed here. http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/budgets-dip-health-it-spending-grows.

Although many IT and administrative processes have been outsourced for years, this recent LA Times article highlights the growing trend in offshore clinical outsourcing. The article can be accessed here. la-fi-healthcare-offshore-20120725

Recent article published by the American Medical Association discusses potential ethical issues created by telemedicine. The article can be accessed here. prsm0702.htm


Publications



Three Faces of FRAND - The Evolving Understanding of Licenses for Standards-Essential Patents
On February 8, 2012, three major players in the wireless telecommunications industry--Microsoft, Apple, and Google-- released public statements regard... more

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Co-Chairs:  Jean Marie R Pechette, Ericka Watson

Vice-Chair:  Lisa J Acevedo

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Resources



The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ("ONC")
State Health Information Exchange Program
National Conference of State Legislatures: Summary of 2012 State Health Insurance Exchange Legislative Action

Modified by Julia G Passamani on October 28, 2013

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