Sunday, April 1

Feds flaunt health IT progress to Gates

Feds flaunt health IT progress to Gates
Health IT executives from the Military Health System, the Veterans Health Administration and the Bush administration on Wednesday met with Bill Gates and other Microsoft executives to discuss the government's progress in implementing electronic health records, Government Health IT reports.

Dr. William Winkenwerder -- assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, whose office initiated the meeting -- said Gates "was very, very engaged in the discussion" and made suggestions about how Microsoft could help advance health IT initiatives.

Dr. Jonathan Perlin, undersecretary of veterans affairs for health, also attended the meeting and said it focused mainly on the interoperability of health records and the government's efforts to promote the use of online medical records, Government Health IT reports. "It was very clear that [Gates is] thinking deeply about the role of information systems in improving health care worldwide," Perlin said (Ferris, Government Health IT, 3/16).

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