No Health IT Legislative Mandates

By Stacy Lawrence  |  Posted 2004-06-30 Print this article Print

The role of the federal government is to encourage standards and demonstration projects, not to legislate change.

In a press conference with reporters last week, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson said that the Bush administration will not promote legislation to put timelines on the implementation of health care IT. During the Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation debate last year, language requiring e-prescribing fell by the wayside. Later this month, David Brailer, the national coordinator for health IT recently appointed by President Bush, will unveil exactly how the administration plans to achieve its health care IT agenda.
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Stacy Lawrence is co-editor of's Health Care Center. Lawrence has covered IT and the life sciences for various publications, including Business 2.0, Red Herring, The Industry Standard and Nature Biotechnology. Before becoming a journalist, Lawrence attended New York University and continued on in the sociology doctoral program at UC Berkeley.

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