A report for HHS' national coordinator for health information technology said using IT to its full potential in healthcare will depend on widespread adoption of interoperable systems, leveraging the federal government's position as the largest healthcare payer to drive IT adoption, and provider-payer collaboration. The report, prepared by the Lewin Group and based on recommendations of a leadership group convened at the HHS office's request, said investing in healthcare IT was essential to the future of the nation's healthcare system and to the U.S. economy. HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, speaking at a Business Roundtable-sponsored meeting, said HHS had established "an aggressive schedule" for IT efforts and that creating a nationwide electronic health record system was a high priority for his agency. Read the report. -- by Ralph Loos
IT panel highlights interoperability, federal influence
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