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According to Bush's executive order, "the work of the National Coordinator must be consistent with a vision of developing a nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure that
"Health information technology can make our health care system more efficient and improve the quality of care we all receive," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) is charged with the responsibility.
Leavitt, who is also the chair of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information--a voluntary, private-sector initiative to certify health information technology products.
The proposed rule establishes a temporary certification program in which the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr.
The federal government has announced a total of nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to help health care providers adopt and use health information technology and train workers for future health care jobs.
Steven Waldren, director of the Center for Health Information Technology at the American Academy of Family Physicians, but the plan does not sufficiently emphasize the need to provide financial incentives to physicians for purchasing and using electronic health record systems.
The Senate approved the $602 billion Labor/Health and Human Services (HHS) fiscal budget at year-end--and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology received $61.7 million of the pie.

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