The US gov’t is investing heavily in Health IT as part of a larger economic stimulus package. As noted in a recemt Federal News Radio article, a hallmark of the U.S. HIT spending initiative is an open and transparent process that seeks to engage all stakeholders. Brian Ahier, a prolific twitter and blogger, notes in the article that “the ONC has been really engaged with the health care community, soliciting comments and responding to people’s questions” and “We have to have interoperability, so we have to pull together a collaborative effort, and in order to do that, it’s going to take transparency.”
Are Canadian eHealth agencies such Infoway, Manitoba eHealth, and eHealth Ontario taking note of the U.S. approach? Will we drr more openness and transparency in the way they engage the various stakeholder communities? I hope that Dr. Blumenthal talks about the U.S. approach when he speaks to the eHealth 2010 delegates in Vancouver later this month.