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Congress Questions ONC Statutory Authority for Health IT

Published
  • June 05 2014, 7:27am EDT

The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, M.D., challenging ONC for overstepping its statutory authority to regulate health IT. 

The letter, signed by full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Penn.), full committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), calls into question a proposed risk-based regulatory framework for health IT released April 3 by the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and ONC. 

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