Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., says she has been waiting for the Department of Health and Human Services to respond to her questions for five months.
CQ HealthBeat: After Five Months And No Reply From Sebelius On IT-Related Injury, Small Business Panel Complains
The head of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Technology says it's been five months since she asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about federal efforts to protect against injuries from faulty health information technology, and she still has not received a response. In a letter to Sebelius obtained by CQ HealthBeat, the chairwoman, North Carolina Republican Renee Ellmers, complained about the lack of a reply to her June 12, 2012, letter to Sebelius. That letter asked, among other things, what the department is doing to minimize patient safety risks associated with health IT, following an Institute of Medicine report issued a year ago calling for greater public and private oversight of technology. An HHS official forwarded a copy of the letter but had no immediate comment (Reichard, 11/13).