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HHS announces new health IT workgroup

April 19, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services and Federal Communications Commission yesterday named a workgroup to advise the federal government on a risk-based regulatory framework for health information technology and mobile medical applications that promotes innovation, protects patient safety and avoids regulatory duplication. The Food and Drug Administration, in consultation with the FCC and HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is required by the FDA Safety and Innovation Act to propose a strategy and recommendations for the framework, and will consider the recommendations of this workgroup. Hospital representatives on the FDASIA workgroup include David Bates, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, workgroup chair; Julian Goldman, Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare; Keith Larsen, Intermountain Healthcare; and Mary Anne Leach, Children’s Hospital Colorado. The group will hold its first meeting April 29 and post discussion documents on its website.