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Health IT backers press congress for clearer roadmaps

Kenneth Corbin | Sept. 22, 2014
Dozens of health IT advocates from around the country made the rounds on Capitol Hill this week, meeting with lawmakers and staffers to press for an array of policies to advance e-health initiatives.

The HIMSS advocates want lawmakers to set ONC's annual budget at $75 million, a steep uptick from the agency's historically static annual funding of $60 million.

Finally, participants in the HIMSS fly-in are pitching lawmakers about telehealth, appealing for legislation to broaden access to remote care, particularly in rural and other underserved areas where broadband service is often unavailable.

"There are a number of barriers to widespread adoption," says Kathy Wibberly, director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. "If we're trying to improve care, we need some mechanism to drive adoption in a widespread fashion, not just in the large, wealthy, urban hospital settings."


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