Stark Introduces Health IT Bill

Just before Washington’s collective attention turned to inaugural festivities, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Fortney (Pete) Stark, D-Calif., dropped legislation aimed at overhauling the U.S. healthcare system through advances in technology. Stark introduced a similar bill in the 110th Congress — much of which was culled from a proposal that emerged from the House Energy and Commerce Committee. His bill would codify the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology within the Health and Human Services Department; create a more transparent process for the development of health IT standards by the end of 2009; and establish a voluntary certification process for health IT products.

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