Bylaws & Principles
MITA Code of Ethics
To assist the community of medical imaging equipment and therapy system suppliers, and healthcare providers who purchase and use medical equipment in developing legal compliance programs under federal Medicare law, MITA has developed a Code of Ethics supplemented by responses to Frequently Asked Questions. The Code of Ethics was updated in March 2009.
MITA Code of Ethics on Interactions with Healthcare Providers
Preamble: Goal and Scope of MITA Code
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (“MITA”) is a division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and represents companies (collectively “Companies,” and individually “Company”) that develop, produce, manufacture, and market medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment, technologies and related technologies and services, such as healthcare information technologies, used to diagnose, treat, monitor, manage and alleviate health conditions and disabilities (“Member Technologies” or the “Company’s Technologies”) in order to enable patients to live longer and healthier lives.
MITA is dedicated to the advancement of medical science, the improvement of patient care, and, in particular, the contributions that high quality, innovative medical imaging and radiation therapy technologies make toward achieving these goals. MITA recognizes the obligation to facilitate ethical interactions between Companies and those individuals or entities involved in the provision of health care services and/or items to patients, which purchase, lease, recommend, use, arrange for the purchase or lease of, or prescribe medical imaging and radiation therapy technologies in the United States (“Health Care Professionals”).
Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologies
Member Technologies include medical equipment employing noninvasive imaging modalities such as X-ray, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound, nuclear, and healthcare information technology used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness, which can be deployed to avoid unnecessary and costly exploratory surgery and assist Health Care Professionals in making more timely and accurate health care treatment decisions. Member Technologies include radiation therapy equipment used in the treatment of cancer, and when coupled with imaging technology can result in the application of radiation therapy to diseased tissue while avoiding healthy tissue.
The nature of Member Technologies typically requires extensive interactions with Health Care Professionals. Member Technologies need a significant amount of technical support from Company personnel throughout the life of the technology, beginning with clinical trials, continuing through installation, and thereafter with routine maintenance. Member Technologies are also subject to ongoing research, development and improvements that require continuing education and training of and consultation with the user community.
Interactions with Health Care Professionals
The scope of beneficial interactions between Health Care Professionals and Companies is broad and includes interactions intended to:
- Promote the Advancement of Medical Technologies. Developing and improving cutting edge Member Technologies are collaborative processes between Companies and Health Care Professionals. Innovation and creativity are essential to the development and evolution of Member Technologies, which often occur outside a Company’s laboratory.
- Enhance the Safe and Effective Use of Medical Technologies. The safe and effective use of sophisticated electronic, in vitro diagnostic, surgical, or other Medical Technologies often requires Companies to provide Health Care Professionals appropriate instruction, education, training, service and technical support. Regulators often require this type of training as a condition of product approval.
- Encourage Research and Education. Companies’ support of bona fide medical research, education, and enhancement of professional skills improves patient safety and increases access to Member Technologies.
- Foster Charitable Donations and Giving. Companies make monetary and MITA Technology donations for charitable purposes, such as supporting indigent care, as well as patient and public education. This increases access to—as well as the quality of—care and treatment in patient populations that may not otherwise be reached.
The Purpose of the Code of Ethics
MITA recognizes that Health Care Professionals’ first duty is to act in the best interests of patients. Companies can serve the interests of patients through beneficial collaborations with Health Care Professionals. To ensure that these collaborative relationships meet high ethical standards, they must be conducted with appropriate transparency and in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and government guidance. MITA recognizes the obligation to facilitate ethical interactions between Companies and Health Care Professionals in order to ensure that medical decisions are based on the best interests of the patient. The ethical principles that govern these interactions are the subject of this Code of Ethics.