ONCHIT could be looking at a 2007 budget cut

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It seems the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT could be looking at a reduced budget in 2007. The Senate Appropriations Committee's Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee last week gave the OK to a fiscal budget for next year granting the ONCHIT $63.5 million, $52.6 million under what the White House had hoped for.
          
In response to Hurricane Katrina, the ONCHIT budget also has a $2 million earmark for the development of disaster-related electronic health record systems.
          
The final ONCHIT budget is not set in stone, however, and will be determined later this year by Congress.