According to a letter sent on behalf of HIMSS to Representatives Pete Stark (D-Calif.) and Dave Camp (R-Mich.) in response to the newly introduced “Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008,” H.R. 6898, the Chicago-based organization believes that “with some modifications to the legislation, common ground can be made to meet stakeholders’ goals.”
In the correspondence, which was sent last week, Charles Christian, chairman of the HIMSS board, and H. Stephen Lieber, president and CEO, intended to clarify some of the confusion surrounding HIMSS’ reply to the Health-e IT Act. According to the letter, HIMSS is concerned regarding the potential discounting of “AHIC 2.0,” and believes the federal government should not develop or provide for an open source health IT system.
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