Health IT Now Comments on NIH Funding Boost, ONC Adjustment in House Spending Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (July 12, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – responded today to the House Appropriations Committee’s newly unveiled Fiscal Year 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill.
Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:
“We are grateful to House appropriators for recognizing the vital importance of robust National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in this spending bill,” said Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White. “The legislation’s much-needed $1.1 billion increase in NIH funding will make great strides toward continued implementation of the Precision Medicine Initiative and other health IT priorities. Patients and providers will rest easier knowing that, in this time of budget setbacks and uncertainty, the lifesaving and irreplaceable work of NIH will not be left on the cutting room floor.”
White continued, “Health IT Now also notes the legislation’s reduced funding for The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The funding reduction will help ONC refocus on core priorities. In recent years, ONC has extended its reach beyond its Congressionally defined parameters. It is past time for an honest assessment of the role that ONC plays in federal programs and in today’s marketplace. This funding sets the table for such a discussion. The adjusted spending levels present an opportunity for the agency to return to a laser focus on interoperability and implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act.”
About Health IT Now: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.