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Recap of Recent Federal HIT Policy Developments: Part 6

On September 12-13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held its public workshop to discuss the draft guidance on mobile medical applications.  Dr. David Hirschorn participated on behalf of the American College of Radiology’s IT and Informatics Committee.  The event was summarized in a series of articles by Cynthia E. Keen for AuntMinnie.

On September 14, the HIT Policy Committee held its regular monthly meeting.  Of particular interest was the announcement of the imminent retirement of Judy Sparrow, the ONC staff person who administers the HIT Policy Committee and Standards Committees and assorted workgroups. Additionally, CMS staff provided an update regarding participation statistics for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  Specialist participation remains very low across the board, despite specialists outnumbering primary care physicians in terms of the denominator.

On September 12, the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) discussed the elements of its new strategic plan which will focus, in part, on informatics and mobile health innovations.  The discussion occurred during the regular business meeting of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

All week, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) has been involved with several efforts and announcements, including its final strategic plan, a new healthit.gov website for communicating EHR promotional  information to patients and providers, and other initiatives largely unrelated to radiology.  One of the more interesting announcements was a challenge (prize competition) for software developers to create applications to facilitate the reporting of adverse events related to medical devices.  The deadline for submitting applications is December 2.

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  1. November 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Great discussion.NIBIB discussed an important new strategic plan which will focus, in part, on informatics and mobile health innovations. We hope,We will get some good application about mobile medical application by prize competition of software developer.

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