At a July 21 event to disclose the Bush administration's health information technology plans, HHS will make "several key announcements" that will provide impetus for changing healthcare IT in America, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said during a recent telephone news conference.
Thompson did not specify what those policy initiatives would be, but he did stress speed of action and the support of President Bush.
"We're moving a lot faster than any of you out there could ever have projected or predicted six months ago," Thompson said.
Thompson is slated to speak to a gathering of national healthcare leaders in Washington at a three-day meeting (July 21-23) of the National Health Information Infrastructure conference.
Thompson called Medicare the "800-pound gorilla" of payers and said the government would do its part to develop reimbursement mechanisms to help fund IT expansion.
"It really pays us dollars to use the technology. That's why the Congress and the department are pushing for it," Thompson said.
David Brailer, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, joined Thompson at the briefing. Brailer is set to speak after Thompson at the summit and is scheduled to unveil his plan for IT promotion at that time.