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When asked how future events such as a Supreme Court ruling and the results of upcoming elections might put elements of health IT at risk, Mostashari said at HIMSS that he has heard no discussions that suggest problems.
He noted that health IT has broad bipartisan support. "I think that everyone recognizes that…we need to have better information to move toward whatever model reform takes."
When asked to put meaningful use in perspective with regard to healthcare reform efforts, Mostashari noted that providers now care about how they do on quality and patient satisfaction measures, and how well they coordinate care.
"There are such a number of payment changes happening. It's almost as if Medicare unplugged a dam and there's just an explosion of new initiatives. It's really, really good because it provides, finally, a business case for the coordination of care that we need and frankly which health IT enables."
He added that making meaningful use of meaningful use "is absolutely where to start."
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