Fourteen consumer organizations in a joint letter advise six Republican members of the U.S. Senate to not seek to pause or delay the electronic health records meaningful use program.

“Meaningful use is just beginning to pay off--and it is only in its first, and by design, most basic stage,” the organizations say. They argue that transforming the nation’s health information backbone on a dime is not possible, and that Congress was wise in creating a strategic and quickly phased approach in 2009 that should continue to be followed.

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