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Health IT oversight guidance expected from federal agencies by end of March

Bloomberg BNA, February 27, 2014

A trio of federal agencies will publish by the end of March a long-awaited draft proposal for how health information technology tools, such as electronic health records and mobile medical applications, should be regulated in the future. "We are shooting really hard to get the [draft guidance] out by the end of March. That's our goal internally," Bakul Patel, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said Feb. 25 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference in Orlando, Fla. The FDA, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission were charged by Congress in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act with developing the guidance.