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Health IT Now! Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Health Information Technology Bill This Year
Date:9/17/2007

ould include:

-- Permanence in statute for a federal responsibility to lead a public-

private process to establish standards for system interoperability,

product certification, and quality measures and an accelerated

process for standards improvement;

-- Federal financial incentives to practitioners of care to facilitate

the adoption of Health IT, and for communities, states, and other

entities to plan HIT components and develop Health Information

Exchanges;

-- Federal focus on consumer empowerment through patient education tools

to encourage patient use of electronic health records and provider

quality information; and

-- Federal leadership of a federal-state process to resolve policy

issues, like privacy and professional licensure, central to a secure

and safe care system, thereby providing a secure and safe care system.

The Health IT NOW! Coalition is a nonprofit coalition based in Alexandria, VA whose membership includes patient groups, providers, and employers. Its primary focus is to promote the rapid deployment of health information technology across America by urging Congress to adopt interoperability legislation.

Visit http://www.healthITnow.org to learn more about the coalition, its principles and its membership.

Members include:

American Academy of Nursing

American Homeowners Grassroots Alliance

American Society of Clinical Oncology

The Boeing Company

Consumers for Competitive Choice

FasterCures

Genetic Alliance

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Latino Coalition

Marshfield Clinic

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Association of Manufacturers

National Disease Clusters Alliance

National Medical Association

National
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