A new bill was introduced on the House floor by representative Mike Honda (D-CA). The new bill, dubbed the Healthcare Innovation & Marketplace Technologies Act, calls for the creation of a new FDA division to boost health information technologies and wireless health programs in the United States.
If the bill is passed into law, the FDA will be called to develop support programs to spur development of HIPAA programs. In addition, the bill calls for the FDA to create prize-based innovator challenges to spur advances in wireless healthcare technology. The bill also includes a loan program to bolster the adoption of information technology systems at small clinics and rural healthcare facilities.
In prepared remarks, Mike Honda said, "As we continue to improve our health care system, technology can and should play a prominent role in achieving better care for Americans.” He continued, "Why have the principles of Silicon Valley, which I represent – competition, innovation, and entrepreneurship – not fully manifested themselves in the healthcare information technology space? This bill gets us closer to that space."
The House bill also calls for the creation of an Office of Wireless Health (OWH). The OWH would be tasked with the job of creating a reasonable, predictable and consistent regulatory framework for the oversight of upcoming digital and wireless health technologies.