IT bill draws concerns

Health information technology legislation passed by a House committee last week is being called a good start in what ultimately is a challenging and lengthy process to electronically connect physicians, hospitals and pharmacies to the patients who rely on them for care.

But provider groups and health policy shapers say that they are still leery over some of the bill’s payment, privacy and security components and are eyeing potential tweaks to the legislation that they said would reduce the burden to hospitals and physicians. And on another front, privacy advocates said that the bill is too lax; previous bills have stumbled because of privacy concerns.

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