Obama, Biden both take parting shots at lack of progress on health IT

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Takeaway

  • The federal effort to digitize medicine has been "harder than we expected," President Barack Obama said in a recent interview, despite putting "a big slug of money" into it.
  • Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden was blunt in his challenge to leaders of the big electronic health record vendors who were at a meeting for his "cancer moonshot" initiative, half-seriously threatening to lock them into a room until they made data sharing more seamless: "I have Secret Service on the other side, and we’re not going to get out till we have some answers."

Why this matters

  • Obama and Biden were both expressing frustration with the billions...