Modern Healthcare reporter Joseph Conn, based in Chicago, covers healthcare information technology, privacy and security issues. What are some likely developments in the year ahead on those beats?
Look for 2009 to mark the return of real privacy consideration and enforcement in healthcare IT after two terms of lip service and reversals by the Bush administration. Two key players to watch in the privacy arena: Dawn Johnsen, President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department, and venerable California Congressman Pete Stark (D-Calif.).
Meanwhile, it’s almost a forgone conclusion that Uncle Sam will throw billions of dollars at health IT. The only question is how large the final tally will be.
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