AHA voices support for Fostering Independence Through Technology Act

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Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) yesterday reintroduced the Fostering Independence Through Technology Act (S. 596). The AHA-supported legislation would create pilot projects aimed at increasing the use of remote monitoring technology for home health patients and reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions or patient transfers from home to higher acuity care settings. “The AHA has long advocated that patients receive the right care, in the right setting, at the right time,” AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said in a letter of support for the bill. “Your legislation advances that objective by giving medical professionals the capability to monitor patients receiving care for specified conditions, including congestive heart failure, diabetes and other chronic diseases, through remote patient monitoring technology.”

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