HIMSS: Stark I.T. Bill Needs Work

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has sent a letter to leaders of the House Ways & Means health subcommittee regarding recently introduced health information technology legislation.
Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), chair of the subcommittee, introduced H.R. 6898. In the letter to Stark and ranking member Rep. David Camp (R-Mich.), HIMSS leaders expressed support for several provision of the bill. They also opposed creation of a new advisory committee and government-overseen development of open-source health information systems. What follows is the complete text of the letter:
“The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) applauds your leadership on healthcare information technology (IT) issues. HIMSS is the healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare IT and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. HIMSS has over 20,000 individual; 350 corporate, healthcare providers, and affiliate members; plus 46 chapters around the United States that frame and lead healthcare public policy and industry practices through its policy research and educational and professional development initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to ensuring safe, quality, and cost-effective patient care.

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