HHS and the Federal Communications Commission have formed a joint advisory panel to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology.
The panel also will seek to promote regulatory efficiency, according to an HHS news release. It will report to the Health IT Policy Committee, itself a federal advisory body created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The committee advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS on policy matters.
At 29 voting and three ex-officio members, the new patient-safety workgroup is one of the largest of the 13 workgroups and subcommittees of the 24-member IT committee.
The new group's members include representatives of providers, academia, health IT developers, health plans, venture capital investors, telecommunications companies, trade groups, government and a law firm and have been appointed by both HHS and the Federal Communication Commission.
The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 directed HHS through the FDA commissioner, the ONC and the chairman of the FCC, to develop “a proposed strategy and recommendations on an appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework for health IT, including medical mobile applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication,” the HHS statement said.