Obama to invest $50 Billion in Electronic Health Records

Obama is set to invest significantly in the adoption of standards-based electronic health records over the next 5 years:

Lower Health Care Costs by Investing in Electronic Information Technology Systems: A key feature of Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s health care plan is the use of health information technology to lower the cost of health care. Most medical records are still stored on paper, which makes them difficult to use to coordinate care, measure quality, or reduce medical errors. Processing paper claims also costs twice as much as processing electronic claims. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records.

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So the question now is: which standards?

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Dr Chris Paton

Dr Chris Paton is the Group Health for Global Health Informatics at the University of Oxford.

10 thoughts on “Obama to invest $50 Billion in Electronic Health Records”

  1. The link has changed – http://change.gov/agenda/technology_agenda/

    The updated agenda states:
    “Lower Health Care Costs by Investing in Electronic Information Technology Systems: Use health information technology to lower the cost of health care. Invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records.”

  2. As of late, two more interesting developments in HIT regarding the US Congress. My member of Congress, David Wu, is reintroducing this bill. Also, on 15 January, 15:00 UTC, the US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will have a hearing of HIT investment, details here.

  3. I suspect what they’ll be investigating is something along the lines of the continuity of care record, or something similar:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuity_of_Care_Record

    and probably using the Health Level 7 (HL7) format for data interchange:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HL7

    Overall, I think it can be a very good thing and a lot of the interaction I’ve had with the medical field is excited about the movement in this direction.

  4. Where’s the cost/benefit analysis? Come on, $50 BILLION to save money? There is no Constitutional right to take money from people who go to work every day and spend it on a government take-over of healthcare!

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