Health Policy

Health IT considered essential for Health reform

e-Health Inititiavte group wants that Health IT should be included in legislation to encourage health reforms. According to this group which is a representative of 165 health providers, vendors and organisations billions that were to be invested in health information technology could be wasted if the money wasn’t coordinated with the Obama administration’s broader health care reform efforts. The group along with 21 other organisations are encouraging the Congress to integrate health IT adoption goals in broader health care reform efforts.

The economic stimulus law has US$19 billion to encourage health IT. This includes US$17 billion that is required to be distributed as incentive payments to doctors and hospitals, who buy and use such systems meaningfully. The definition of ‘meaningful use’ is to be developed by the Health and Human Services Department which will be released by the year’s end. During this time period Congress is indulged in writing legislation for broader health care reform. Exchange and meaningful utilization of electronic health records would help in reducing medical errors, improving preventive care, enabling comprehensive comparative effective research, engaging consumers more fruitfully in their own treatment, and providing savings, mentioned the eHealth Initiative and co-signers.


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