Health information technology is “foundational” to President Obama’s $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative aimed at treating the specific needs and characteristics of individual patients, according to Karen DeSalvo, M.D., national coordinator for HIT.

“As a result of the HITECH Act and the hard work of providers, we are bringing healthcare into the digital age and we have reached a tipping point,” DeSalvo testified Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. “This strong foundation of health information technology makes it possible to bring to the bedside personalized treatment through precision medicine.”

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