Brailer: Legislation could cause health IT slow down

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It seems that healthcare IT industry watchers aren't the only ones seeing confusion in the plethora of healthcare IT legislation having been recently proposed. In comments to a senate subcommittee recently, National Health IT Coordinator David Brailer, MD, PhD, warned that legislation designed to spur on the adoption of health information technology could actually create speed bumps in the process.
   
So far this year, there have been as many as 18 pieces of different, often overlapping, pieces of legislation proposed each of which seemingly designed to be the end-game solution.
   
What is needed, Brailer has said, are interoperability standards which will smooth the adoption process for all healthcare providers. The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has taken on the job of developing such standards as one of its key objectives, Brailer said.
   
Speed is of the essence, and any additional burdens in the adoption process brought on my legislation, Brailer said, could only cause a slowing of the process.