David Blumenthal, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, has issued the latest in a series of messages to the industry updating government initiatives and outlining goals and visions. What follows is his message dated Nov. 12:

"As the many activities mandated by the HITECH Act move forward, I want to take a moment to share my vision of the overarching goal and some of its implications.  Our goal, above all else, is to make care better for patients, and to make it patient-centered.  Information policy and health IT policy should serve that goal.

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