Congressional subcommittees hold hearings on Health IT

Several subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held hearings this week regarding the regulation of Health Information Technology (Health IT), and in particular mobile medical apps. The series of hearings, beginning with testimony on Tuesday and Wednesday largely from industry representatives and patient advocacy groups, concluded on Thursday with testimony by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). These hearings came approximately 20 months after release of the July 2011 draft guidance from FDA regarding regulation of mobile medical apps (see Hogan Lovells' Medical Device Alert, July 25, 2011), as well as several months after a December 2012 proposed approach to improving safety for Health IT released by ONC (click here to view).

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