From mHealth News:
The Telecommunications Industry Association called on national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD to make sure the voluntary guidelines are flexible enough to allow for “the delivery of healthcare in motion, virtually anywhere and at any time,” in a nine-page document TIA sent to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
“In crafting its 2015 certification criteria (and further editions moving forward) as well as its efforts generally to improve the U.S. healthcare system, we urge ONC to fully appreciate the health information technology (‘HIT’) ecosystem which is comprised of many technologies, including medical remote monitoring products that are enabled with ICT, namely wired, wireless or mobile,” Brian Scarpelli, the TIA’s director of government affairs, wrote. “HIT includes the technologies that touch patients and electronically capture their physiological information and generate valuable data about the person’s health. HIT is not solely EHRs and EHR systems, but also includes mHealth, e-Care, telemedicine and eHealth.”
The article also notes that the ONC might be making the certification process “too complex.”
A great deal has changed since the initial requirements were drawn up for meaningful use. Notable among those changes has been the proliferation of mobile devices for accessing healthcare information at all points of the health care process. It’s hard to fault these suggestions.
You can read the full article at mHealthnews here.