Health IT's Failure to Achieve Interoperability Invites Congressional Scrutiny

Though the U.S. has already spent more than half the $22.5 billion earmarked for computerizing medical records, there has been achingly slow progress in creating an accessible, interoperable system that works for patients. It didn't take long walking around the trade show floor at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference to understand some of the roadblocks.

I come at this issue first and foremost as a medical consumer. I can access my bank records, pay my bills, look at yesterday's performance of my retirement assets and review my daughter's grades at college with a few clicks of a computer mouse—or do it all on my smartphone while at lunch. How many Americans can say the same thing about their medical records?

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