Six Senators sent letters to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and health IT stakeholders questioning the effectiveness of HITECH implementation. In response to the report, Secretary Sebelius said, “We haven’t gotten to implementation of Stage 2 yet,” Sebelius said in a recent Senate Finance Committee budget hearing. “You might be reading the final chapter before we launch it.” CHIME Says More Standards, Certification Would Drive Interoperability & Health Info Exchange The government should explore ways to extend the concept of certification to the health information exchange marketplace to advance interoperability, CHIME said in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Informat read more

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Washington Debrief: Sebelius Responds to GOP Senators on HITECH Criticism