What Is? MTPC Within the IEEE-USA's realm of technical and professional competence, the Medical Technology Policy Committee (MTPC) may address any government-level aspect of health and wellness activities. Chaired by Michael D. McDonald, MTPC has been organized with 12 subcommittees to assist in formulating US medical technology legislation, regulation and policy by offering sound technological and professional counsel. MTPC Maintains Liaisons With Diverse Organizations MTPC works to provide balanced, technically sound health and wellness information to the IEEE's US members. In addition to maintaining liaisons with the Institute's major boards, the Committee communicates with other national organizations, such as the American Medical Association and the Health Industry Manufacturers Association. Focus Is on Wide Range of Topics, Activities MTPC is focusing on telemedicine, medical networks and the health effects of electromagnetic fields. Committee activities include assessing the new R&D environment, cultivating relationships with other organizations, completing a telemedicine survey, publishing health-care technology information in IEEE Spectrum, creating and expanding an MTPC World Wide Web site, and participating in a National Library of Medicine conference. Position Statements Are Priority To help develop quality position statements, the Committee sponsors small seminars, topical forum discussions and tutorials on relevant issues. Members are researching positions on medical technology cost-effectiveness, virtual reality and telemedicine. Position papers in progress include open architecture for clinical systems, data security and privacy, health information community networks, universal access, and decision support.