TIA Supports FDA Guidance on Medical Device Data Systems

TIA notes in its letter that by providing the means to transmit, store, and convert important medical device data “MDDS are the cornerstone for an interoperable 21st century healthcare system that fully utilizes remote patient monitoring technologies to fully leverage patient-generated health data.”

The value of this data is that it can be used remotely at home to track certain patient information or it can be stored for a doctor to review at a later time. MDDS can also be used in hospitals to collect information and data from other medical devices including bedside monitors and infusion pumps. This information can then be stored in a patient’s EHR for a more complete review of a patient’s total health.

“The known benefits of remote patient monitoring services include improved care, reduced hospitalizations, avoidance of complications and improved satisfaction, particularly for the chronically ill,” states the association. “There are also significant potential cost savings, with a recent study predicting that remote monitoring will result in saving $36 billion globally by 2018, with North America accounting for 75 percent of those savings.”

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