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CTA Signs ONC Interoperability Pledge

9/18/2017 08:15:00 PM

Arlington, VA, September 18, 2017 - Today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), with the support of the its Health and Fitness Technology Division Board, signed the Office of National Coordinator (ONC) interoperability pledge. The pledge lays out core commitments surrounding the use of electronic health records regarding consumer access, transparency and national standards, and best practices.

"CTA and the members of the our Health and Fitness Technology Division Board believe that we all have the responsibility to take action to achieve open, connected care for our communities," said Kinsey Fabrizio, senior director of member engagement, CTA. "CTA's pledge demonstrates the increasingly intertwined relationship between consumer tech and healthcare and our commitment to work across the connected care ecosystem to follow best practices."

CTA's Health and Fitness Technology Division Board , led by Qualcomm Life and Nokia, has been active in its work to establish best practices for health, fitness and wellness devices on the market along with CTA's standardization efforts. Currently, standards activity is addressing an interoperability standards series for consumer EEG data as it relates to file storage as well as establishing principles of transparency for mobile health solutions and devices. Last year, CTA published two new standards defining accuracy testing for devices that count steps and terminology for devices that measure sleep.

"To further the ONC's goals, we support the interoperability among health information systems enabling unrestricted exchange of digital health data," said James Mault, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Qualcomm Life, and chairman of CTA's health and fitness technology Division Board. "This is foundational to the success of delivery system reform."                                                           

About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $321 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

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