On March 22nd, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a joint subcommittee hearing on “Opportunities and Challenges in Advancing Health Information Technology.” The purpose of the hearing was to examine health care system opportunities and challenges to leverage information technology to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes, and specifically what impact the regulatory environment has on continued progress and innovation in this space. Given the broad subject matter, the hearing focused on a range of issues, such as interoperability, privacy and security, and telehealth.
The witness list featured representatives from the federal government and the healthcare community, including:
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
Jessica Rich, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, U.S. Federal Trade Commission:
Matthew Quinn, Federal Managing Director, Healthcare and Life Science, Intel (A HIMSS Member):
Additional information from the hearing, including the webcast and witness testimony, can be found here.