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Grassley asks hospitals about problems with health IT systems

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, January 21, 2010

Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator, has written to more than 30 hospitals to ask about their experiences—including "complications," "errors" and "problems" — with health IT systems. The letters follow a barrage Grassley sent out last fall to some of the companies that sell electronic systems to hospitals and doctors, asking some similar questions. Many of the questions in the hospital letters echo those in the letters to companies. In both sets of letters, Grassley asks whether "gag orders" in contracts with health IT vendors prevent hospitals from sharing information about problems with their systems with other facilities, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports.