Convinced the government is moving in the wrong direction to encourage adoption of electronic health records, Evan Steele, CEO of software vendor SRSsoft in Montvale, N.J., recently cautioned Aneesh Chopra, chief technology officer in the Obama Administration, that the federal approach won't work.

SRSsoft sells what it calls a "hybrid EMR" that includes extensive use of document imaging and management software. In a letter to Chopra, Steele speaks of the volume of skeptical physicians posting to the "FACA blog," which is the blog for the HIT Policy and HIT Standards federal advisory committees. What follows is the letter to Chopra, dated Nov. 17:

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