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June 18, 2013 > Health IT innovation bill

Health IT innovation bill

Submitted By Anthony Jusich

Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) re-introduced the Healthcare Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act (HIMTA) on June 13, 2013. The legislation will foster innovation and modernize the nation's healthcare delivery system through the development of marketplace incentives, grants, and increased workforce retraining.

The bill establishes an Office of Wireless Health at the Food and Drug Administration to cultivate a predictable regulatory framework on wireless health issues and develop an mHealth support program at the Department of Health and Human Services to help mobile health app developers conform to current privacy standards. Additionally, the legislation creates a challenge grant program to encourage risk-taking and new IT approaches, creates a low-interest small business loan program for clinics purchasing new healthcare services and establishes two-year grants to assist employee re-training in new positions that use health information technology.

Rep. Honda recently spoke at the MedCity ENGAGE conference on the necessity of transforming the doctor-patient relationship through technology, with the HIMTA legislation a major focus.

"New and emerging healthcare technologies are being developed every day, often with little support for their long-term reach. This legislation seeks not only to improve healthcare delivery but to ensure our government agencies have the tools they need to encourage innovation. With implementation of the Affordable Care Art just around the corner, this is a major step forward for both patients and providers."

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