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PCH Alliance publishes priorities for connected health

Steve Rogerson
December 5, 2017
 
The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCH Alliance) has published key policy themes and issues related to the use and advancement of personal connected health technologies in the USA, Europe and other regions of the world. They outlines the main policy opportunities and challenges facing personal connected health today, and offer insights into future actions for engagement in policy and advocacy.
 
As part of this personal connected health policy review and prioritisation, the PCH Alliance solicited input from thought leaders, key informants and its members. The top three priorities for personal connected health policy issues were: increase reimbursement for remote patient monitoring; reduce Medicare’s reimbursement restrictions on personal connected health tools; and promote interoperability standards.
 
"Personal connected health is increasingly being adopted by individuals and clinicians in efforts to increase access to care, improve health outcomes and create efficiencies," said Patty Mechael, executive vice president of the PCH Alliance. “Appropriate policies and regulations can create a more stable, enabling environment where stakeholders can engage in the use of personal connected health devices and the safe and secure transfer of personal health data, utilising approved payment and reimbursement mechanisms, as well as standards for interoperability. This policy review will help to guide our work and mobilise our members to collectively work together to promote these important priorities."
 
Based on this policy summary, the alliance has identified four specific recommendations to shape its global policy agenda:

  • Increase efforts to track and respond to US and EU government regulatory and legislative bodies;
  • Publish global position papers or recommendations on key policy issues;
  • Focus advocacy for interoperability on large public and private insurance providers and present evidence on the cost-savings and benefits of interoperability; and
  • Advance the research agenda to demonstrate evidence of personal connected health tools to establish a standard of care.
"Underpinning these priorities is the need to build a robust evidence base that can inform policy," said Mechael. “This evidence will help to influence the legislative and regulatory bodies that are creating personal connected health policy, as well as increase adoption and sustained use among healthcare providers and patients. We look forward to working collectively with our members, partners and key stakeholders to advocate for supportive policies to advance personal connected health throughout the world."