On January 18 the next to be U.S Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price MD, the Georgia Republican selected by the President-Elect Donald Trump spent four hours appearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee. Expected topics such as the scope of Medicaid and Medicare, the future of the Affordable Care Act, drug companies and Price’s questionable investments in themedical device. However, toward the completion of the testimony, Republican Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, queried Price to weigh in on health information technology.What can be done about the time and productivity sump that has become the electronic health record and meaningful use?Pricewas asked. As the electronic health records allow the patient to have their health history with them at all time as well as the physician can have access to the same records as well,hence they are important from the innovation point of view responded Price in a statement.
Price said he have had more than one physician tell me that the ultimate rules and regulations related to meaningful use were the ultimate straw for them thanks to the EHR Incentive Program. To make sure that if companies come up with things that are able to treat diseases, that they are appropriately compensated for it added Price.