Health IT Policy Committee Debates Role of FDA in Overseeing Safety of E-Health Record Systems
As the federal government ramps up its plan to help doctors and hospitals invest in electronic health record systems, the Health IT Policy Committee has been debating what role FDA should play in overseeing the safety of those systems.
In a report to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the Policy Committee called for the development of a national program that would monitor patient safety problems in health IT systems, but the committee stopped short of saying what agency should run it.
In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, health IT experts discuss whether FDA should be involved in monitoring the safety of EHR systems.
Some experts say FDA's oversight could extend to the safety of EHR systems, but others worry that FDA's involvement could stifle innovation.
The Special Report includes comments from:
- Dave deBronkart, an advocate for involving patients in health IT;
- Deven McGraw, director of the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology; and
- Paul Tang, vice chair of the Health IT Policy Committee and chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Wilkinson, iHealthBeat, 6/9).
The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.