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Health IT stimulus bill zips toward House floor

Government Health IT

The massive legislative stimulus package with billions of dollars for health information technology continued on a fast track through Congress on Jan. 22, passing two House committees on its route to the House floor by the middle of next week.

House tees up $20B investment in health IT

Government Health IT
January 16, 2009

Congress might commit to spending $20 billion on health information technology over the next few years. That figure is in the economic recovery bill the House drafted and the Appropriations Committee released today. Committee action on the bill is expected next week.

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PFCD Experts Cite Health Information Technology as Key Investment for Economic Stimulus

PR Newswire
January, 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — PFCD Executive Director Ken Thorpe and Alan Aviles, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, spoke to reporters today about the potential inclusion of health information technology (HIT) in the economic stimulus package.

Stark Introduces Health IT Bill

National Journal
January 21, 2009

Just before Washington’s collective attention turned to inaugural festivities, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Fortney (Pete) Stark, D-Calif., dropped legislation aimed at overhauling the U.S. healthcare system through advances in technology.

Obama Wants E-Health Records In Five Years

President-elect Barack Obama said he wants the federal government to invest in electronic health records so all medical records are digitized within five years.

Obama announced the plans and the deadline during a speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Thursday.

US stimulus bill may have health IT funds-Verizon

Congress’ economic stimulus package may include $20 billion for the government’s Medicaid health insurance program and others to adopt health information technology (IT), which would create jobs and improve medical care, Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) chief executive Ivan Seidenberg said on Wednesday.

Let's Spend on Broadband and the Power Grid

As a new American administration takes office during the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, everyone is understandably fixated on the present emergency — on what went wrong and how to fix it. There is a growing feeling of desperation, the idea that we must do something — anything — to get the world’s economic juices flowing again.

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