Group Calls for EHR Interoperability To Boost Medical Device Reviews

August 12, 2014 in News

In a letter to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Pew Charitable Trusts call for improvements to the review process of recently approved medical devices, EHR Intelligence reports. 

The letter was sent in response to a Senate Finance Committee request for input on how to improve the accessibility and usability of health data (Murphy, EHR Intelligence, 8/12).

Details of Letter

The letter notes that current standards make it “virtually impossible” for affected parties — such as patients, doctors and payers — to:

The letter specifically highlights the role that electronic health records potentially could play in evaluating the performance of medical devices. However, it notes that the lack of interoperability between EHR systems and registries remains a challenge.


The Pew Charitable Trusts requested that the Senate Finance Committee focus on EHR interoperability (EHR Intelligence, 8/12).

In addition, the letter states that “several reforms are needed,” including:

  • Regular, public releases of findings from registries, especially those used to fulfill related FDA and CMS requirements; and
  • The inclusion of unique device identifier systems into electronic health data sources, such as EHRs and health insurance claims (Pew Charitable Trusts letter, 8/12).
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