20 People to Watch in Healthcare IT in 2016
After much progress and turmoil in the healthcare industry this past year, health information technology is poised to play a big role as reforms take hold and IT becomes a significant tool to support changes in care delivery and reimbursement. Here are some of the leaders expected to make large contributions to the discussion on HIT, and provide guidance on where the industry needs to go. (Photo: Fotolia)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
Sen. Alexander is Chair of the Senate Health, Education Labor & Pensions Committee, which exerts jurisdiction over healthcare. In the past year, Alexander conducted a number of hearings on the nations health IT policies. There was plenty of criticism of the meaningful use program and a lot of bluster, but like counterparts in the House, little was accomplished through legislation. But under strong pressure from lawmakers and the American Medical Association, federal officials modified the meaningful use program several times and still didnt make anyone happy. Alexander and his committee might be poised to take definitive action in 2016.