HHS, Congress encourage e-health development

All health plans and providers that do business with Medicare, Medicaid and other federally sponsored health programs soon will have to adopt information technology standards and quality-measurement tools. The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish standards for electronic prescription drug prescribing by 2008, and this policy is driving broader efforts to build health IT systems.