Understanding The 21st Century Cures Act 2.0

Posted by Noteworth on Jan 4, 2021 8:15:00 AM

While the US government has taken steps throughout the years to improve healthcare in various forms, it is the 21st Century Cures Act that has had some of the most impact on the digitization of healthcare. The original act was passed in 2016and now the 2.0 version is set for 2021.

21st Century Cures Act Promoted MOdernized Healthcare

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law on December 13, 2016, was designed to assist in the acceleration of medical product development as well as foster new innovations and advances to improve the patient care journey. According to a Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) blog titled “How Can Digital Data and Technologies Improve Health?”:

“The 21st Century Cures Act, known as “Cures”, became law in 2016 to modernize the U.S. healthcare system. This broad, bipartisan bill included provisions to advance precision medicine and speed up the development of new medical products, including through the use of real-world evidence in regulatory decision making. Cures included support and funding for developing preventative treatments and cures for serious illnesses such as cancer. It also included provisions to address the opioid abuse crisis, improve the care we provide to individuals with mental health conditions, and expand our understanding of the human brain.

Cures also enacted a number of provisions specific to digital data and technologies. These include promoting greater interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) and excludes low-risk medical devices such as mobile health apps designed to support general wellness from FDA oversight.”

And according to the Food and Drug Administration website, the Cures Act also provides:

“…new authority to help FDA improve our ability to recruit and retain scientific, technical, and professional experts and it establishes new expedited product development programs, including:

As is typical of US government legislation, invariably a 2.0 version is set in motion. On April 28, 2020, Congresswoman Diane DeGette issued a press release that released  to announce her blueprint for a “Cures 2.0” bill, an update to the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 that would address clinical trials, modernization of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and pandemic preparedness in the future.

21st Century Cures Act 2.0

A Healthcare news article titled “Cures 2.0 could be 'well on the way' by spring, say DeGette and Upton” reported:

"U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Fred Upton, R-Mich., say they're optimistic about the time line of the next iteration of the landmark 21st Century Cures Act.”

And goes on to state

“The whole goal of Cures 2.0 is going to be increasing patient-centered medicine and expediting the way that we get cures out the door," she added. Earlier this spring, DeGette and Upton released a concept paper highlighting the probable main focuses for Cures 2.0:

    • Public health and pandemic preparedness.
    • Caregiver integration.
    • Patient engagement in healthcare decision-making.
    • Diversity in clinical trials.
    • FDA modernization.
    • CMS modernization.”

The great news here is the visibility on revolutionizing the patient care journey. In order to accomplish this, we will need to bridge the silos of digital healthcare data that are proliferating today.


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Topics: digital medicine, patient care journey, 21st century cures act, 21st century cures act 2.0