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Chopra: Health IT reforms

Aneesh Chopra, Federal Chief Technology Officer, wants to increase “face-to-face” time among health information technology vendors and government officials. Input, a market research firm in Reston, VA., said that Chopra plans to accomplish this through new health IT incentives developed by the Health and Human Services Department.

Chopra wants to increase vendor contributions to new government health IT solutions by exchanging the current requests for proposals (RFPs) process with a web application comparable to the DefenseSolutions.gov system.

According to Kristina Mulholland, Input’s health care and social services analyst, “Throughout Chopra’s speech he focused on the ineffectiveness of the current [RFP] process that has become commonplace in the government-contracting world. He indicated that innovation by RFP is silly because RFPs stifle innovation with long lists of requirements.”

Chopra stated his thoughts on health IT procurement at a June 5th government health IT conference, held by the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.

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