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National health IT chief to step down

Lucas Mearian | Feb. 4, 2011
Blumenthal to return to Harvard; HHS to begin national search for new IT chief

Recent surveys of physicians have shown that adoption of EHRs has been slow, with many respondents expressing concern that new data entry systems will complicate the workflow of physicians and their staffs.

"For years America's health policy leaders have understood that information technology offered the opportunity for transformational improvement of the nation's health care system and the health of individual Americans. Yet the obstacles are formidable: our fractured health care system, our dysfunctional payment methods, the lack of an infrastructure for exchanging health information, and more," Blumenthal said in his memo. "But I believe the key factor for success has been, and will continue to be, the concept of 'meaningful use.'"


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