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MHealth Task Force: Findings and Recommendations

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mHealth Task Force, mHealth Task Force: Findings and Recommendations (Sept. 24, 2012) (full-text).

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The Report sets forth five recommendations, each of which breaks down into a number of more specific directives. The recommendations are:

  1. The FCC should continue to play a leadership role in advancing mobile health adoption. This would include hiring a healthcare director, improving educational outreach activities, launching a healthcare website and furthering the work of the mHealth Task Force.
  2. Federal agencies should collaborate more often to promote innovation, improve product safety protocols and eliminate duplicate regulations. This would include the creation of a formal working group convened by the Secretary of Health and Human Services; more collaboration between the FCC and Food and Drug Administration on regulatory issues; more collaboration by the FCC, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on health information exchange efforts; continued work by the FCC and CMS on broadband needs of healthcare providers; more work on the sharing of health data between agencies to improve population health; the development of a standard health technology nomenclature; and the development of health messaging and communication standards by the ONC with input from the FCC
  3. The FCC should continue to work on expanding broadband access for healthcare. This would include expanding the Rural Health Care Program and determining if it can support wireless technology; allowing the FCC to permit consortium applications in that program; allowing the Lifeline program to support fixed and mobile broadband services and giving that program a goal of promoting healthcare delivery.
  4. The FCC should continue to increase capacity, reliability and interoperability of mHealth technologies. This would include adding to the available licensed spectrum for mobile broadband and working with international partners to set aside and harmonize that wavelength; creating environments for the development of new wireless services and products; modifying SAR testing requirements to account for intermittent data transfer from medical devices; and addressing the issues of affordable connectivity and compatibility to simplify telehealth service to home environments.
  5. The industry as a whole should support investment, innovation and job creation in mHealth. This would include supporting innovative, cost-effective and clinically relevant technologies; the adoption of standards-based technologies to transmit and encrypt health data; the development of and access to secure and trusted application interfaces for health data services such as electronic health records and health information exchanges; and support for collaborative opportunities, including public-private partnerships.

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