SPOTLIGHT: Tech giants say White House favors enterprise over web

Microsoft and Google executives have told a presidential advisory board that the Obama administration's health IT plans rely too much on enterprise EMRs at the expense of newer, more flexible, web-based technologies--like, say, HealthVault or Google Health. Google chief Eric Schmidt made it known to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology last week that his company believes that current policies encourage health IT managers to devote too much of their tight budgets to outdated systems. Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, recommended to the same panel that the administration focus on management of medical data rather than the technology behind the transmission of information. FierceHealthIT

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