Report from HIMSS – Government Initiatives in Health IT – simplify

February 27, 2007

The keynote at HIMSS ’07 this morning, Phil Bredesen, Governor of Tennessee, had 3 recommendations for moving ahead with interoperability. At the risk of being accused of oversimplifying, he boldly suggested that we 1) simplify our goals for information exchange, such as, just focusing on eprescribing using simplified standards, 2)  establish a  beachhead instead of trying to do everything,  and  find solutions which are acceptable to everyone, not just early adopters or large academic medical centers. I was impressed with his understanding of IT, his willingness to research current IT standards and his knowledge of the business.

By the way, check out Tim Gee’s coverage of HIMSS ’07 including photos.

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