NCHR Comments on Changes to Medical Software Policies Due to 21st Century Cures Act

February 15, 2018. The draft guidance Changes to Existing Medical Software Policies Resulting from Section 3060 of the 21st Century Cures Act removes FDA evaluation of EHRs and leaves only certification by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to ensure that software is both functional for providers and safe for patients. However, ONC certification is not sufficient to protect patients from problems with EHR software.   For that reason, the draft guidance as written puts patients’ lives at risk.

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Testimony of Dr. Diana Zuckerman before the Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee on the Health Risks of Artificial Turf

February 8, 2018. It is essential that the State of Maryland stop paying for artificial turf fields and playgrounds that can clearly exacerbate our children’s existing health problems and cause new  health problems. Let’s instead invest in safe, natural playing fields, unless any artificial alternatives are proven to be safer, more effective, and as cost-effective as grass.

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NCHR Testimony to House Appropriations Committee Regarding Playground and Athletic Field Surfaces

February 8, 2018. Companies that make and install synthetic turf on these types of surfaces maintain that it is proven safe and cost-effective compared to grass.  However, these materials are not required by any federal government agency to be proven safe. These surfaces can expose children to harmful chemicals and can put children at risk of injury. We appreciate the Committee’s close attention and legislative oversight of this important safety issue for our state’s children and their schools.

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