HHS Secretary Leavitt Discusses Health IT

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"Leading The Way: A Conversation With HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt," Health Affairs: In the Health Affairs Web exclusive, Leonard Schaeffer, founding chair and CEO of WellPoint and a former CMSadministrator, and Leavitt discuss adoption of health informationtechnology. According to Leavitt, it is time for the federal governmentto start using its buying power to promote the adoption of health IT.Leavitt adds that the Bush administration has set standards for healthIT through a collaborative process with government, public and privaterepresentation and that it is the federal government's responsibilityto ensure the adoption of health IT adheres to those interoperabilitystandards (Health Affairs release, 12/4).

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