National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, M.D., admits there have been “growing pains” with health IT yet argues that the big picture remains that HIT can advance not only healthcare in this country but serve to improve health as a whole by tracking patients over time.

DeSalvo acknowledged that “rapid growth has created some growing pains” during a Nov. 19 keynote address at the annual American Medical Informatics Association symposium in Washington. Coming from a hospital background, she told the AMIA audience she has experienced those growing pains first-hand and knows “how hard” it can be for small healthcare organizations in particular.

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