Health Data Management looks at the year ahead and what it may portend for health information technology. From the legislative battle brewing in Congress over health IT to the growing epidemic of health data breaches to the troubled Meaningful Use program, 2015 is shaping up to be anything but dull.

With Republican control of both the House and Senate starting in January, some health IT legislation that has languished might get resurrected in 2015, and efforts to challenge the statutory authority of federal agencies to regulate HIT also may be renewed. For her part, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is promising that legislation to curb the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to regulate health IT will pass the Congress in early 2015.

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