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Sebelius Says Interoperability is Imperative

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  • May 14, 2009
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Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services secretary, told the House Ways and Means Committee, May 6, that health reform is not contingent merely upon health IT adoption, but on the interoperability of the various health IT programs.

In her first appearance before a Congressional committee, Sebelius said, “Just shifting our paperwork to computers won’t work, unless we make it so they can talk to each other.” She also expressed her concern about adequate privacy for interoperable data.
Regarding standards development, Sebelius said, “Dollars aren’t going to leave [the government] until there is a platform ready to go.”
Health Care IT News has the rest of the story.

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