An appropriations bill that passed the Senate last week will give HHS' office of the national coordinator for health information technology $61.7 million in fiscal 2006, $40.4 million more than in fiscal 2005. President Bush had called for $75 million for the office. Although the House approved the request, the Senate initially authorized only $42.5 million. The final 2006 appropriation lands roughly in between. The HHS office spent most of its 2005 budget on contracts for key components of a trial national health IT system, including the development of IT standards. -- by Matthew DoBias
HHS' health IT office to see budget rise in 2006
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