Rulemaking in Washington takes a long time and that is one reason the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is relying on the private sector to partner with them to accelerate the process of implementing changes, ONC’s head said Wednesday at a policy conference in Washington.

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., said she frequently travels outside the Washington Beltway in response to an audience question about how anything can get done in the national’s capitol when there is the assumption that nothing gets done. On these listening tours, DeSalvo hears priorities, barriers and how the federal government is in the way or how it can help. Her next trip is to Oklahoma on Friday.

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