Americans are familiar with electronic records: We check our bank statements online, order prescriptions online, pay our bills online. Most Americans are well aware of the convenience and security of electronic records, yet there is not a single, comprehensive, interoperable electronic medical records system.
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A new report that will be published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine found that just 1.5% of U.S. acute care hospitals have a comprehensive electronic health record system in place, while 7.6% of acute care hospitals are using a basic EHR system, Reuters reports.
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The law provides $22.8 billion in funding incentives through the Department of Health and Human Services for the adoption, use, maintenance, training, education and research for health information technology (HIT).
The Wall Street Journal
by Jacob Goldstein
Executive Summary: Health Information Technology Provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The Digital Road to Recovery: A Stimulus Plan to Create Jobs, Boost Productivity and Revitalize America
by Robert D. Atkinson, dadaniel castro and Stephen J. Ezell
So it looks as if the nation’s taxpayers are going to spend about $20 billion to accelerate the use of computerized medical records. In his press conference Monday night, President Obama went out of his way to explain why that money belonged in the economic stimulus package.
Washington, D.C. – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., released the following statement today in response to passage by the Senate of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill passed the Senate today by a vote of 61-37 and will now go into conference with the House of Representatives.
The U.S. House’s passage of President Barack Obama’s $20 billion proposal to promote electronic health records may do more for George W. Bush’s cousin than for one of Obama’s advisers.
At this crucial juncture in the push to pass an economic recovery package, President Barack Obama finds himself in the most unlikely of places: He is losing the message war.