Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee continue to challenge the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s statutory authority to regulate HIT.

At a July 17 joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and Subcommittee on Health, committee vice-chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) expressed her disappointment with ONC in failing to address the concerns of committee members sent in a June 3 letter to National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., which accused the agency of overstepping its regulatory authority over HIT.

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