Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments
July 10 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule regarding the unique device identifier (UDI) system. Policymakers believe a well-planned UDI system has the potential to improve the quality of information in medical device adverse events reports. The public comment period for the proposed rule closes on November 7.
July 10 – The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) HIT Policy Committee held its monthly business meeting to discuss the latest Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program statistics, Regional Extension Center identified “meaningful use” barriers, and agency activities. Of note, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for HIT, announced that Joshua Seidman, ONC Director of Meaningful Use, is leaving the agency to pursue other opportunities.
July 11 – ONC hosted a public hearing on “trusted identity of providers in cyberspace.” The intended purpose of the meeting was to discuss Privacy and Security Tiger Team efforts and other issues pertaining to identity proofing and authentication. Speakers included representatives from various federal government agencies, HIE networks, and private companies that are active in this area.
July 16 – The National Academy of Sciences press published a report from the February 2012 workshop on “Informatics Needs and Challenges in Cancer Research.” The American College of Radiology Imaging Network participated in the workshop.
July 9 – The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a call for nominations for various federal advisory committees administered by the agency.