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Federal Court Finds That TCPA Plaintiff Consented To Debt Collection Calls by Providing Phone Number On Hospital Admission Form

On June 25, Judge Michael Anello of the Southern District of California granted summary judgment in favor of defendant Sharp Healthcare (“Sharp”) in Hudson v. Sharp Healthcare, 13cv1807-MMA, a purported class action alleging...more

FDA Advises it Will Not Enforce Regulatory Controls for Low-Risk Medical Information Technology Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), recently issued a draft report...more

Proposed health IT strategy aims to promote innovation

On April 7, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in consultation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a draft...more

House committee questions authority of a DHHS staff division to regulate health IT

Is the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) overstepping its statutory authority in pursuing enhanced regulatory activity? A June 3, 2014 letter from the House Committee on Energy and...more

Regulation of Health IT: A Risk-Based Approach

The FDA will hold a public workshop on May 13-15, 2014 to discuss the long-awaited report (the “Report”) issued on April 3, 2014 by the three federal agencies charged with regulating health information technology (“health...more

FDA Releases FDASIA Health IT Report

On April 3, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the FDASIA Health IT Report (Report). This Report fulfills Section 618 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), Public Law...more

Recommendations for NextGen Health IT Infrastructure

Health care information technology (health IT) facilitates the delivery of personalized medicine by providing and supporting the infrastructure for patients, consumers and health care providers to communicate and distribute...more

Finally…FDASIA Health IT Regulation Report Released

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, together with FDA and ONC, the...more

FDA, ONC, and FCC Issue Report on the Regulation and Oversight of Health IT Technologies

On April 3, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released its long-awaited report on a proposed framework for the regulation and oversight of health information technology (“health IT”). The report, developed in...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Updated Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

FCC Seeks Comment on Healthcare Connect Fund Clarification

The Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking comment on a petition filed by the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) for reconsideration and clarification of the FCC’s recent Rural Health Care Support Mechanism Order....more

FCC Releases Decision on New Funding Program for Rural Health: Broadband Connectivity Prioritized and the Expansion of...

Federal Communications Commission (FCC; the "Commission") decision making continues to be active in the area of telemedicine. Recently, on December 21, 2012, the agency released a lengthy decision updating its rules and...more

FCC Creates an Annual $400 Million Healthcare Connect Fund for Broadband Services and Infrastructure

On Dec. 21, the FCC released its long-awaited Report and Order reforming its funding mechanisms for rural health care by creating a Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) of $400 million annually....more

mHealth and the FCC: What Does the FCC Have to Do with Medical Devices?

Originally published in mHealth Newsletter on November 14, 2012. One might not associate the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with mHealth issues. Yet, the FCC has a vital role to play in this field, and if...more

FCC Will Work to Implement mHealth Task Force Report

In a move he says will improve the quality of health care and cut health system costs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the Commission will work toward implementing recommendations proposed by the mHealth Task Force,...more

The Regulatory Future of mHealth: FCC, FDA and the United States Congress

As a general matter FDA regulates all medical devices and FCC regulates devices that utilize electromagnetic spectrum - i.e. broadcast devices. So with regard to mobile health devices - sensors, applications, systems - FDA...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

mHealth Alert: FCC Seeks Comments on AHA Proposal To Use Amateur Radio Stations in Emergency Preparedness Drills

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has invited interested parties to submit comments on a request by the American Hospital Association (AHA) that the FCC waive its rules so that hospitals may use amateur radio...more

mHealth Alert: Text4baby: Texting Health Messages to Pregnant Women and New Moms

Furthering the use of commercial wireless networks to deliver health information, the Obama Administration recently announced its new Text4baby campaign, which sends free regular text messages with health information to...more

mHealth Alert: FCC Extends Boston Scientific's Authority for Implanted Cardiac Devices

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted a rule waiver requested by Boston Scientific Corporation (Boston Scientific), allowing it to continue to manufacture and market its Contak Renewal TR product line...more

mHealth Alert: FCC Proposes Rules ofr MBAN

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to allocate radiofrequency spectrum and establish service and technical rules for the operation of Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) systems. The FCC envisions that...more

mHealth Alert: mHealth Raise New FCC and FDA Issues

Wireless technology has long been a part of medical devices. The recent introduction of more sophisticated wireless phones and the deployment of wireless broadband networks has sparked the development of new “mHealth” (mobile...more

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