Top officials calls for bigger health IT role

Calling for greater portability of electronic health records (EHR), former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Brailer notes in a New York Times column that plans are underway to bring EHRs to all hospitals and physician offices in the U.S., but that possible legislation could make it difficult to achieve EHR portability. On Capitol Hill, the House and Senate have passed separate bills to promote the implementation of health care information technology. However, "they disagree on the most important issue: Whether portability should be a condition for [EHR] donations," Brailer writes, adding, "the Senate version links portability to donations, whereas the House version does not."

For more on EHR portability:
- read the New York Times report
- read this article from the Daily Health Policy Report

PLUS: A Seattle hospital director explains how health IT can prevent pharmacy medical errors. Article