Bradley Merrill Thompson Quoted in “FDA Goes for ‘Light Touch’ on Health IT”

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Bradley Merrill Thompson, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "FDA Goes for 'Light Touch' on Health IT."

Following is an excerpt:

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission joined the FDA in drafting the report, which was mandated under the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act of 2012, often referred to as FDASIA. The report now goes on to Congress. ?...

Bradley Merrill Thompson, an attorney with Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., said that he's pleased the report is out "because we can now start in earnest discussion of next steps."

Thompson added that the agencies did "an excellent job of following the recommendations of the working group." Because of that, the report doesn't hold many surprises, he said.

"I think all of those are good ideas, and frankly I think it shows that people in industry, on Capitol Hill, and in the agencies are largely in agreement," he said. "Indeed, it seems that all three sectors are saying about 90 percent the same things. The bottom line is that HHS, and the three agencies, are proposing a very light touch to overseeing innovation in health IT, and that has to be good news for all of the HIT developers producing wonderful, important, cutting-edge new technologies."