ONC creates online database for recruitment of workgroup members; Premier wants faster implementation of unique device identifiers;

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT created an online database to recruit workgroup members for its Federal Advisory Committees, according to a notice published in this week's Federal Register. The database will be the primary resource for memberships for all new workgroups, according to the notice. Notice

> Provider alliance Premier would like to see the unique device identifiers implemented earlier than the seven-year timetable currently proposed. "Enabling healthcare providers to track medical devices electronically in the supply chain will improve the speed and accuracy of product recalls, as well as adverse event reporting," Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs for Premier, says in a letter to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Letter

> A "disconnect between different understandings" and a "mistaken assumption of symmetry … between technologists and health professionals" are to blame for healthcare and technology not speaking the same language, according to Albert Shar, Ph.D., vice president for the Pioneer Portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, writing for MedCity News this week."I've been to a number of meetings lately where technology and health professionals have been trying to explore how the amazing promise that breakthroughs in technology are making can be used to advance health and healthcare," Shar writes. "There's a lot of nodding, but I'm not sure that there's that much understanding." Post

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