Health information technology (IT) stakeholders and vendors recently attended a Congressional briefing to dispel what they called "privacy myths" regarding electronic health records (EHRs), Healthcare IT News reports. Speaking at the forum, a board member of the Confidentiality Coalition and vice president of marketing at Greenway Medical Technologies said market forces make security a priority for the EHR industry, adding that health IT companies inherently gain from using the highest levels of security and encryption. Specifically, he noted that "people are scaring lawmakers about data flying around the Internet," explaining that the health IT industry "has spent hundreds of millions of dollars creating secure and encrypted solutions for use today." Meanwhile, an aide to U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) said that "privacy is paramount to the importance of health care IT, but it's not insurmountable." The aide added that, "as Congressional staffers, we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. We can have EHR uptake without leaving patient privacy on the wayside." Moreover, the aide predicted that it would be difficult to pass stand-alone health care IT legislation this year, adding, however, that a health IT measure could be attached to a health care funding bill that would likely pass (Manos, Healthcare IT News, 4/21/08).