Health IT czar gets OMB support on scorecard

Health IT czar gets OMB support on scorecard

The Office of Management and Budget has included promotion of health care IT in the scorecard for the President's Management Agenda for agencies involved in health care, the federal health IT czar said today.

Federal alignment will accelerate adoption of health care IT by industry because of government's size and position as a health care provider and purchaser, Dr. David Brailer said at the first Health IT Summit in Washington. He is national health IT coordinator of the Health and Human Services Department.

'This change is afoot. We're all locked on, and we're not going to let go until it gets done,' Brailer said.

HHS will release a request for information by the end of the year for industry suggestions on how to develop a 'medical Internet,' that would provide connectivity among regional health networks, interoperability, governance and quality measurements. The department plans to hold an industry day to discuss the issue with vendors.

Brailer said the administration would also present initial proposals by July for possible regulatory revisions that could reduce hurdles to wide implementation of health care IT.

Use of health care IT by hospitals, physicians, pharmacies, clinics and nursing homes would improve quality of care, increase capacity and reduce costs, according to the Bush administration's Health Care IT Framework released in July. President Bush has called for broad use of electronic health records within 10 years, and Medicare reform legislation passed last year paves the way for e-prescribing.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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