Continua pushed for RPM in healthcare reform bill

By Brian Dolan
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Continua Health AllianceThe engineering publication EDN did some digging into lobbying efforts by the Continua Health Alliance and how the group's executive director and his team convinced lawmakers to include remote monitoring in the healthcare bill, which recently passed the House of Representatives and has moved to the Senate. We had heard from many larger tech companies in the wireless health industry that Continua's alliance of more than 220 companies was one of the primary lobbying groups actively working to get wireless health and remote patient monitoring into the healthcare reform bill:

"And technology companies are lobbying to get particular technologies into the bills being considered. For example, the Continua Health Alliance, a group of more than 220 healthcare and technology companies, was originally formed to develop interoperability guidelines for health monitoring technology. Lately, however, it has become more active in promoting remote monitoring technology in the healthcare reform debate, said Charles Parker, Continua’s executive director.

The ARRA devotes about $20 billion for healthcare IT, according to IDC. Continua helped get specific mentions of the use of remote monitoring equipment included in the reimbursement provisions for physician’s practices, said Parker. Under these provisions, doctors who adopt certified software and provide “meaningful use” of technology can qualify for reimbursements of tens of thousands of dollars a year, starting in 2011. And Continua has also pushed to get specific mentions of remote monitoring technology into the healthcare reform bill."

EDN also has a quote from Parks Associates' director of health and mobile products, Harry Wang: The market for wireless home healthcare applications and services will increase from $300 million in 2009 to $4.4 billion by 2013.

For more, read the full EDN article here