Report: Putting Health IT in Stimulus Would Be Catalyst for Adoption

A panel of health industry experts urged Congress Monday to include health information technology measures in the economic stimulus package widely expected to become law in the weeks following President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Doing so would be “a breakthrough” for health IT adoption, Chip Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, said at a briefing to release a new report touting health IT by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. “The broad adoption of health IT requires the kick-start of federal funding and interoperability policies that first prioritize the free flow of the most essential medical data.”

In recent days, some news reports have suggested that the stimulus will include $20 billion to promote the adoption of electronic medical records, though support has not been unanimous.

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