Health IT

Health IT issues.

Realizing the Promise of Telehealth

February 26, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cannon House Office Building
United States Capitol

An aging population and an expansion in health care coverage means that more Americans will be using health care services in the coming years. As new demands are placed on our national health care system, policymakers need to be actively working to leverage technology to lower costs, increase access, and improve quality of care. Read more »

The Promise of Telehealth

PROTECT Act Will Enhance Innovation in Health Care


December 17, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The controversy over the FDA’s recent letter ordering the genetic testing company 23andMe to stop marketing its services for failure to comply with the agency’s regulatory process suggests that the prognosis for direct-to-consumer health services, particularly genetic testing, is quite uncertain. Given the enormous potential benefits to consumers, this is unfortunate.

Telemedicine’s Role in Improving Health Care Delivery

November 8, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The new insurance marketplaces introduced by Obamacare highlight how telemedicine can keep health insurance costs down by increasing competition and efficiency. Unfortunately telemedicine is hobbled by outdated policies, but with smart policy reforms it can bring important benefits.

SOFTWARE Act to Address Mobile Health App Regulations

This legislation will create a more effective regulatory framework for medical software, improve patient safety and spur innovation, says Daniel Castro.

Predictive Analytics and How to Decide Who Should Receive Organ Transplants

July 8, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

As society increasingly relies on data to make predictions, some fear that they will be caught on the wrong side of an equation: a healthy individual might be denied medical coverage, a reformed criminal might be denied parole, or a financially-stable consumer might be denied credit. These fears are misguided. While critics are correct that no algorithm will be right 100 percent of the time, what many people do not realize is that we already live in a world of predictions, we are just not always that good at making them. Fortunately, better use of data analytics can help us make fewer errors.

Let’s Clear a Few Things Up: On the Subject of Compulsory Licensing in TRIPS

June 27, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Understanding compulsory licensing is murky and difficult at best. But taking the time to parse through the issues leads to some surprising and unexpected conclusions.

Health IT in 2013: A Renewed Focus on Efficiency and Effectiveness

February 5, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

We need to be thinking long-term about how to maximize the benefits of health IT, not only in delivering more effective and efficient care, but also in rethinking how we use IT to innovate in health care. There are countless possibilities where IT can lead to radically new solutions in health care, from using IT to monitor health in the home to using health data for new types of medical research. But the reality is that we won’t get there unless we constantly evaluate where we are falling short and implement policies to address these problems so we can successfully move forward.