Some Healthcare Updates…

Two of the leading independent voices in European and USA healthcare have published today and in past few days, some important announcements that need sharing.

The first – from the COCIR trade association in Brussels, concerns standardisation of medical device standards; this is really key, because without this, countries cannot refer or regulate new innovations and vendors cannot offer this internationally; what they say today is:

Brussels, 25 July 2019 – In response to the European Commission’s publication of the draft standardization request for the MDR and IVDR, COCIR has developed detailed feedback and recommendations for improvement of the document. We have always underlined the importance of having harmonised standards available and cited in the Official Journal under the new Regulations. Unfortunately, the proposed draft standardisation request still includes several elements that prevent flexible harmonisation and timely reference of standards in the Official Journal. COCIR recommends to the European Standardisation Organisations to reject this request if it is adopted in the currently proposed form. COCIR is more than ready to engage in further discussions with the European Commission and member states on this topic. We specifically call upon the next Commissioner for the Internal Market to find pragmatic solutions to the current deadlockBack

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And in the USA, the AHIMA organisation based in Chicago, has two days ago announced the aim of country-wide use of a standard Patient ID; you wonder what they did before, but this is what they say…

AHIMA and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives hosted a congressional briefing to encourage lawmakers to support an amendment that would allow HHS to use federal funding to create a unique patient identification system. “The time has come to remove this archaic ban and empower HHS to explore a full range of patient-matching solutions hand in hand with the private sector focused on increasing patient safety and moving us closer to achieving nationwide interoperability,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris.

We receive the AHIMA Smartbrief more or less every few days; talk to us about new developments as AHIMA frequently have evidence based views on what is coming up.