CompTIA Submits Testimony To House Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology Regarding Implementation of HITECH Act

Asks That IT Solution Providers Be Key Partner In Transition to Electronic Health Records 

Washington DC - June 2, 2011 - Today, CompTIA submitted testimony to the House Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology regarding electronic health record (EHR) implementation. While the HITECH Act is an historic effort to incentivize healthcare professionals to adopt EHRs over a period of five years, it does not fully address barriers faced by small medical practices and their small IT providers.  Without additional efforts  to connect small medical practices with IT service providers who can aid in the transition, the HITECH Act may fall short of its goals.   

Research shows that 40% of small medical practices and independent practitioners have not yet taken steps for EHR adoption. Today's testimony provided a number of suggestions of how small IT providers could become more involved in achieving EHR implementation before the 2016 mandate. 

"In order to realize our commitment to better health outcomes, a more efficient delivery of medical services, and a satisfied patient base, CompTIA believes that small IT service providers must be made more of a partner in achieving these goals," CompTIA noted in its testimony. 

CompTIA's testimony lays out several key issues facing the IT industry as it seeks to be a full partner in the critical HITECH Act mission to achieve the successful nationwide adoption of EHRs: education, workforce development, and industry standards for privacy, data breach, and notification. Finding solutions to these issues will help grow the meaningful use of EHRs to improve population health and reduce healthcare costs, as well as inspire confidence in healthcare IT, streamline the overall healthcare system and achieve rapid technological advancement. 

"CompTIA fully supports the migration of the health care industry to electronic health records.  We believe that in order to successfully complete the transition of the health care industry to EHRs, more must be done to recognize IT service providers as an equal partner in this massive undertaking," CompTIA concluded. 

About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Through its foundation, CompTIA also enables disadvantaged populations to gain the skills they need for employment in the IT industry. CompTIA's vision of the IT landscape is shaped by more than 25 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/comptia.

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