Is Health IT the root of healthcare reform? Obama plans to establish a Reserve Fund of over $630 billion to finance healthcare reform over 10 years. Will health IT revolutionize healthcare? Will it reduce healthcare costs?
During the HIMSS Virtual Conference & Expo, there was a great educational session titled, "The Intersection of ARRA and Healthcare Reform." The presenter was Dave Roberts, MPA, FHIMSS.
"This session will provide the latest federal health IT policy updates from Washington, D.C., from our unique vantage point ’inside the beltway’. Learn about the latest evolving developments around the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 legislation and how newly proposed Healthcare Reform legislation might impact our industry and your way of doing business."
Here are some interesting facts to consider:
- 2016, we will be spending over $4 trillion on healthcare.
- over 40% suffer from chronic illness
- $2.5 billion for distance learning, telemedicine, and broadband
- $1.5 billion construction, renovation, HRSA
- $1.1 billion for comparative effectiveness research (CER) within AHRQ, NIH, and HHS
- Certified EHR technology (what does "certified" mean?)
- Information exchange
- Report information required by the government
- Provide clinical decision support
- Support CPOE (Computerized Physician Order Entry)
- Capture and query information relevant to health care quality
- Exchange and integrate e-health information with other sources