Bill seeks to integrate digital health into Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and Military care

Neil Versel | MobiHealthNews | December 2, 2013

A new bill in Congress seeks to promote wireless, mobile and digital technologies in healthcare as a way to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.

The proposed Health Savings Through Technology Act (H.R. 3577), from Rep. Scott Peters (R-Calif.), would establish a commission to collect and examine data on how new technologies can save money in healthcare, then make recommendations for integrating digital health into Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs.

This follows introduction by Peters—with two Democrats among the three co-sponsors—of another bill that would allow the Military Health System’s Tricare system and the Department of Veterans Affairs to widen their coverage of telehealth services.