House bill seeks to speed up adoption of health IT systems

The legislation offers grants and loans for doctors and hospitals to buy information technology. But some experts say the proposed funding levels fall short.

A new bill moving through the U.S. House of Representatives aims to speed development of a nationwide electronic health record infrastructure, but some critics say the measure lacks the necessary funding and patient-privacy protections.

… Deborah C. Peel, MD, founder and chair of the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation, an advocacy group based in Austin, Texas, hopes the legislation as it stands does not pass. “This bill falls short of what it will take for the public to trust these systems.”

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