Health IT, Keeping Costs Down, Quality Up

By February 13, 2008Health Care

From IDG News Service, reporting on a Capitol Hill demonstration/news conference that took place yesterday.

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to pass health care IT legislation before private companies develop multiple systems that don’t talk to one another, two advocacy groups said today.

Members of the Health IT Now coalition and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) urged Congress to move ahead with health IT legislation such as the Promoting Health Information Technology Act (PDF format). The bill would establish a public/private group to recommend health IT standards and certification, and it would budget $163 million annually for health care providers to adopt health IT products such as electronic health records.

The National Association of Manufacturers is a member of the Health IT Now coalition, which has its website here. The NAM news release is available here.

Government Health IT also had a story.

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