Florida State Rep. Gayle Harrell is a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative. Yet she appreciates the need for governmental funding of health data exchanges and EHRs. Speaking at the HIMSS HIE Symposium, Harrell said the nation must pay close attention to “spending the money wisely” when it comes to promoting clinical connectivity. Citing the approximately $564 million allocated in federal grants to support data exchanges, Harrell said “As a fiscal conservative, the amount blows my mind. But it’s not enough. The states must also contribute.”
In addition to her elected role in the Florida State House of Representatives, Harrell serves as a member of the federal HIT policy committee, which advises on the substance of the meaningful use program.
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