Office of Wireless Health Proposed for the FDA

If U.S. Congressman Michael Honda has his druthers, a new office at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will open its doors this year.

Having represented Silicon Valley in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than a decade, the California lawmaker believes the public would benefit from the FDA’s proposed “Office of Wireless Health.”

If created, the office would be responsible for receiving and analyzing recommendations with respect to ways that existing regulations regarding wireless health technology might be made more reasonable and predictable, including ways that such regulations could be clarified and simplified.

The full breadth of duties incumbent upon the office is outlined in H.R.6626 – The Health Care Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act.

“Everybody today has a mobile device, and everybody today is a participant in their own health care,” explains Mr. Honda. “People want instant access to their medical records, on their devices, and we need to give the government the expertise [to regulate this area]. This bill has the consumer in mind. We want the people to have input on this, and make this bill a creature of their own design.”

With regard to whether the proposal might ultimately be enacted, Mr. Honda is optimistic.

“First we’re going to reintroduce it, with a new section based on feedback we’ve been getting it,” he tells the Wall Street Journal. “We don’t expect resistance from the FDA. If it’s signed into law by the president, we will start looking at appropriations. And I will break open the champagne.”

To read the full text of the proposed bill, click here.

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