Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO at eHealth Initiative, an industry advocacy organization, has released the following statement on introduction of H.R. 408, which is legislation that would cut $2.5 trillion in federal spending including the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program.

"The health care sector is slowly but surely moving toward becoming a system that will use technology to provide safer and more efficient care for patients.  This would not be possible without the HITECH Act's assistance.  We believe that, while the HITECH Act was not perfect, the private and public sector are now working together to mold its provisions into a workable plan for reform.

"Any attempt to repeal funding for health information technology would have severely negative effects on public and private progress now and in coming years. We are happy to come to Capitol Hill and sit down with any Republican legislators who are concerned about the federal government's role in health IT."

--Joseph Goedert


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