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HHS takes on health records

Washington Post, August 17, 2009

The Department of Health and Human Services is almost certain to take on responsibility for creating the criteria used to decide what health records technologies qualify for billions of dollars in reimbursements to medical offices under a new stimulus program, officials said. The decision represents a restriction of the role played by Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, which until recently had served as the government's gatekeeper for endorsing systems designed to improve the sharing of medical records.