Health IT: Another Bottom Line — Action is Possible

By June 6, 2007Health Care

Following up on yesterday’s posts (here and here)about the new coalition, Health IT Now!, Healthy Patients for Health Technology, we note this thorough, analytical piece by UPI Correspondent Rosalie Westenskow. It provides a good lay of the land of the congressional politics about Health IT legislation.

In 2006 a bill proposing measures to speed up health IT usage, the Health Information Technology Promotion Act, failed to make it through Congress, bogged down by patient privacy and funding concerns. But supporters of government involvement in health IT have high hopes a similar bill, sponsored by Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., will garner greater bipartisan support this year.

The new legislation is still in the drafting stages, but its backers hope a finished bill will be designed to push health IT forward faster by addressing current stumbling blocks like giving different computerized records systems the ability to “talk” to each other and making electronic medical records affordable to doctors with smaller practices.

As NAM President John Engler said, “This is an issue whose only opposition, really, is progress. And I think the time to act is now.”

UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): And the NAM’s news release.

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