When HIMSS keynote speakers Kathleen Sebelius and David Blumenthal, M.D., finally got down to business Wednesday morning, they talked business. The message was pretty straightforward: health I.T. is perceived by the Obama administration and other Washington powers an economic engine that needs to keep expanding domestically and overseas.

HHS Secretary Sebelius, coming on after an introductory video strikingly similar to a UFC pay-per-view spot, jumped right in by saying the “Top 5” Internet companies were all American (her term) and those companies had grown their domestic workforces by 600 percent over the past decade. After lauding the progress made towards EHR adoption in the past two years, she looped back to the potential growth engine health I.T. represents.

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