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 "Definition of 'Function' Differs Among Health IT Stakeholders."

Following is an excerpt:

Despite agreement from many attendees at a meeting Tuesday on proposed federal health IT regulations unveiled last month that such regulation should focus on functionality instead of platform, developing a singular definition for that functionality is proving to be a challenge, according to attorney Brad Thompson of Epstein Becker Green.

Thompson, who serves as general counsel for both the mHealth Regulatory Coalition and the CDS Coalition, told FierceHealthIT via email that while some health IT stakeholders at the meeting thought that function needed to focus on "mechanical aspects" of what software can do, others thought of intended uses and users as more important. ?...

"Health management software really includes two very different types of software: software for data management and software for data analytics," Thompson told FierceHealthIT. Those two buckets really raise different questions and both potentially spill over into medical device territory."

The biggest challenge to using such a limited number of categories, Thompson added, was connectedness; how software is used, he said, varies depending on the system.

Jump to Page

Privacy Preference Center

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.