On December 3, 2012, Representative Mike Honda of California introduced The Healthcare Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act (HIMTA) with the intent to foster more innovation in the health care industry by removing barriers in wireless health.
This bill offers loans, tax relief, and grants for Health Information Technology not covered by EHR incentives, offering up to $250,000 in a taxable year for medical care providers. Health Information Technology that would qualify for these loans includes “storage, retrieval, sharing, and use of health care information, data and knowledge for communication and decision-making.”
Small businesses are elibible to receive loans or financing for any health information technology that “enhance(s) continuity of care for patients ..such that this information is accessible at the times and places where clinical decisions will be or are likely to be made; (as well as) enhancement of communication between patients and health care providers (and) technology that has already been purchased.”
There is a particular emphasis placed on technologies that will be widely adopted and useful for patients, patient engagement, doctor-patient consultation and patient health monitoring. These technologies are offered grants and prizes.
Office of Wireless Health Technology
This document would also establish the Office of Wireless Health Technology, a subsidiary of the FDA designed to coordinate regulation of wireless health technology across federal agencies, offices and institutes such that such regulation might be “more robust, predictable, and easily understood and navigated by indiiduals and entities that design, produce, disseminate, or have a prevailing interest in wireless health technology.”
Mobile Health Software Application Tehcnology is defined thus;
A:) Offers health-related services and runs on a mobile device; OR
B:) enables health-related services through other portals associated with the use of a mobile device.
We have visited the unnecessarily confusing topic of regulatory requirements on mobile previously, calling for consistency and clarity similar to the aspirations present in the first draft of this bill. FINRA, FIPS, HIPAA and the DoD Mobile Strategy all contain similar concepts and security measures.
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