Earlier today, Health IT Now!, a coalition of more than 175 businesses, non-profit and patient groups, urged Congress to “pass federal legislation that promotes the widespread adoption of health information technology in the remaining weeks before Congress adjourns.”
In particular, Health IT Now!’s September 9th letter to Congress asks Congress to adopt legislation that includes the following provisions:
- “A public-private process to determine standards for interoperability, product certification, quality measures and an accelerated process for standards improvement”;
- “Financial Incentives for health care providers to adopt and use health IT”;
- “A focus on consumer empowerment through patient and provider education about electronic health records; and
- “Appropriate privacy and security protections.”
Health IT Now! is a coalition comprised of 175 businesses, non-profit and patient groups, including Boeing, American Heart Association, National Patient Advocate Forum, American Cancer Society, Siemens, Intel, AT&T, Oracle, DHL, Cisco Systems, UPS, Xerox and Verizon. It exists to urge lawmakers to expedite the deployment of Health IT so as to improve care while increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
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