Details of US Health IT Stimulus Package

John Glaser, VP and CIO at Partners HealthCare System has posted up some details on HIStalk on the $20 bn Health IT portion of the US Stimulus Package:

  • Provision of $40,000 in incentives (beginning in 2011) for physicians to use an EHR
  • Creation of HIT Extension Programs that would facilitate regional adoption efforts
  • Provision of funds to states to coordinate and promote interoperable EHRs
  • Development of education programs to train clinicians in EHR use and increase the number of healthcare IT professionals
  • Creation of HIT grant and loan programs
  • Acceleration of the construction of the National Health Information Network (NHIN)

The details are from page 138 onwards of the House Ways and Means bill (PDF).

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Dr Chris Paton

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

8 thoughts on “Details of US Health IT Stimulus Package”

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  2. Good start to hopefully helping those in need of affordable health insurance coverage including the unemployed, seniors and uninsured.

    How then does one go about getting the right insurance plan? Is there a government or non-profit organization/body that can help advise without the red tape?

    Any advice or comments will be most welcomed. Thank you.

  3. How will existing IT people be able to cross over to healthcare to assist with this? I am looking into HL7 certification. I am wondering how the healthcare industry is going to obtain the needed IT resources that don’t have the clinical aspect but understand technology and infrastructure, workflow, etc.

  4. CCHIT is another government bureaucracy that increases the cost of healthcare by setting standards driven more by vendors rather than by physicians.

    Yes standards should be adhered to by all EMR vendors. These standards are currently being set by a quasi governmental agency (CCHIT) and are paid for by big EMR vendors. These guys have a significant investment in legacy systems built on old technology.

    Newer systems are nimble and quick to adapt to changing needs and don’t have a legacy heritage of 10-15 years of old software code to support. The new guys don’t have 2000 customers paying for software support but they do have software that works significantly better and meets the specific needs of physicians. Don’t penalize good software with CCHIT testing for standards submitted by old software vendors.

  5. CyberVision, Inc. is a software development company exploring the possibility of marketing CCHIT compliant software to medical offices. The main question posed by doctors and office managers is how does a medical office that wishes to implement such a system go about getting reimbursed by the government?

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