Despite all of the recent interest in Washington in promoting information technology in healthcare, that enthusiasm is clearly not universal. The Senate Appropriations Committee created waves on Friday when it proposed cutting funding for the Office for the National Coordinator of Information Technology. The Bush administration has asked for $75 million for David Brailer's office. The committee said it is willing to part with $45 million. Dr. Brailer's budget woes are becoming a symbol of the divide between the rhetoric and the reality of America's commitment to interoperable healthcare IT.
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