RECs Won't Finish Mission Without More Funding
Now, back to that HIMSS press Q&A. DeSalvo acknowledged the role that her own local REC had played in helping clinics in New Orleans get up to speed with health IT.
"I'm a fan and I'm a supporter, and I'm trying to sort out whatever I can do to see that kind of support continue, because I don't think our work is done," DeSalvo told the press. "I don't think we quite understand how to do delivery right yet, and how to pay for it properly, and what are the workflow adaptations, and we're not going to decide that at 200 Independence [Avenue in Washington D.C.] entirely."
The answer, as former ONC chief Farzad Mostashari often suggested, probably lies a few blocks away, on Capitol Hill. Without more funding from Congress, the RECs will lose their ability to help those who need it the most. In this election year, let's see if that funding can be found before the money runs out for good next February.
Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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