HHS creates internal group to speed up medical technology innovation

Health and Human Services secretary Tommy Thompson announced the formation of an internal task force to weigh and promote innovation in health care and to speed the development of effective new medical technologies, such as drug and biological products and medical devices.

'Often, a new technology must clear several hurdles in different parts of HHS before
it can reach consumers. By better coordinating this process across HHS, we can streamline the way we do business and make safe, effective medical technologies more quickly and readily available to Americans who could benefit from them,' Thompson said yesterday.

The task force will include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Julie Gerberding; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Dr. Mark McClellan; National Institutes of Health director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Lester Crawford, who will chair the group.
The task force will report later this year on steps that can be taken across the department to accelerate development and availability of new medical technologies.

HHS is seeking comments on how to stimulate innovation in medical technologies until Aug. 23. HHS will publish a notice in the Federal Register on Monday.

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