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).