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Bill would provide federal aid for healthcare IT

Washington, D.C. - A bill to provide $4 billion in competitive grants is designed to help healthcare providers pay for information technology and services.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, is called the Health Information Technology Act of 2007. At least 20 percent of the grant money will be available to health facilities in rural areas or regions where the affordability of information technology is an issue.

“Although business has widely adopted new practices and tools, too often medicine remains grossly inefficient, increasing the cost of healthcare for everyone,” Snowe said in a release.

Several speakers at the recent Digital Healthcare Conference in Madison cited a lack of federal funding for the slow adoption of healthcare IT. John Wade, the chair-elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, said information technology would be crucial in preventing unacceptable levels of the Gross Domestic Product from being consumed by healthcare costs.

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Comments

Howie responded 7 years ago: #1

The healthcare industry spends $2,000,000,000 of PATIENTS' MONEY every year on IT, yet this country still does not have interoperable medical records. Do you really think money is the problem? Why hasn't the industry demanded interoperable medical records from the software vendors? If the whole world can interoperate over the Internet, what is the problem with the healthcare industry? The government mandates EMRs but refuses to set the simple standards needed to make it work. This $4 billion will also be wasted because they don't know what they're doing and they don't demand what patients need.

ilandrona responded 7 years ago: #2

Wish we spent more money on medical software in my country. In most hospitals, there are not even patients' records on computers... all in papers.

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