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Today’s Rundown

  1. Trump’s budget would add $313M to medical device user fees, but Congress is unlikely to follow through
  2. AMIA sees internet access as a social determinant of health
  3. MGH doctor: To make EHRs less burdensome, focus on value-based payments
  4. Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care

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Trump’s budget would add $313M to medical device user fees, but Congress is unlikely to follow through

Thursday, May 25, 2017 President Donald Trump wants to increase FDA medical device user fees by more than $300 million in 2018, a move that has raised muted concern—and some bewilderment—from the digital health and medical technology industries as lawmakers prepare to vote on a new user fee reauthorization bill. Under Trump’s proposed budget, medical device user fees would jump to $439 billion in 2018, more than three times the current levels.

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AMIA sees internet access as a social determinant of health

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Education, socioeconomic status, housing insecurity and education are among the well-established social determinants of health. One informatics association believes internet access should be included as well. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) urged the federal agency to take steps to improve internet access for certain populations to allow for widespread use of health technology.


MGH doctor: To make EHRs less burdensome, focus on value-based payments

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Widespread implementation of EHRs has left the majority of physicians spending more time at a keyboard than with patients. A massive shift toward paying for value over volume could relieve that burden. Although physician practices and hospitals have turned to several short-term solutions, a significant shift toward value-based payments will force EHRs to evolve to a more patient-centered tool.


Indiana University medical school uses virtual EHR to train residents in geriatric care

Thursday, May 25, 2017 A virtual electronic health record (EHR) is helping medical residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine navigate the complexities of providing healthcare to geriatric patients.

News of Note

Digital health futurist Maneesh Juneja offered an honest and deeply personal account about how his perspective of digital health has changed following his sister’s death three months ago. Juneja noted that for all the improvements new technology can make in healthcare, it can never replace the human touch. Blog post Lucia Savage, former ONC chief privacy officer and current chief privacy and regulatory officer at Omada Health, was none too pleased to see that her old office was being dissolved in ONC’s budget, lamenting on Twitter that privacy and security aren’t given the same priority as other health IT issues. Tweet Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil said the AHCA will “derail" precision medicine research and access to health data if patients are scared to share their genetic information out of fear they will be classified with a pre-existing condition. NewCo Shift post

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