Health IT Now Statement on Price Confirmation

Health IT Now Executive Director Robert Horne today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Tom Price, MD as Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“Dr. Price’s confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services provides a unique opportunity for health IT issues. At a time when the Meaningful Use program is anything but meaningful for patients and providers, Dr. Price has an opportunity to rethink how the federal agencies should support healthcare. We hope that Secretary Price uses his authority to make the Meaningful Use program less onerous on providers and IT vendors so that better products reach patients faster. We also hope that Secretary Price scales back some of the actions taken by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) during the last administration, specifically the Enhanced Oversight and Accountability final rule. Our hope is that a change in direction will help support future growth and adoption of health IT to enable patients to receive quality care when and where they need it, while also reducing spending – something health IT is uniquely positioned to do.”