[ Wednesday, April 28, 2004 ]


HIT a priority. Yesterday, President Bush set out his vision for the establishment of standard electronic medical records within the next 10 years. At a speech to the American Association of Community Colleges, he said he would create a sub-cabinet level post for a national leader in health information technology. More on the story here and here. (Here's the actual speech; look about 3/4 down for the EMR discussion.)

It will be interesting to see who gets appointed to this post, and how the process goes. It makes a lot of sense to move toward standardization of electronic medical records, but it will be interesting to see if the migration is smooth and semi-linear of if it's more like the staggering, halting progress toward standardization we're seeing with TCS under HIPAA.

UPDATE: Here's the AMA's take on it: the primary concerns are cost and standardization. Doctors are concerned that they'll spend a lot of money and end up with a "Betamax" rather than a VHS. And here's an op-ed co-written by Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy urging the implementation of electronic medical records.

Jeff [11:28 AM]

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