Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) introduced legislation to create a national health information infrastructure to allow providers to share information about patients with each other and with their patients. A common complaint of providers is that different IT systems cannot communicate with each other, making providers wary of expensive investments. Under the bill, a national health information officer, working under HHS, would develop a plan to coordinate public and private IT initiatives, hasten the adoption of voluntary standards and implement a national health information infrastructure to facilitate the exchange of data. Johnson is chairwoman of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee. -- by Tony Fong
Bill would require national IT infrastructure
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