As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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A foundation of Obama's election campaign, the president's healthcare reform includes a heavy dose of technology. Healthcare information technology (HIT) -- including electronic medical records, health information exchanges, electronic prescriptions and secure networks -- is one tool that Obama believes will cut costs, improve patient treatment, improve productivity and reduce fraud. For example, working with IBM and ActiveHealth Management, Dr. Kenneth Roth of Sharp Community Medical Group in San Diego, for example, deployed the Solution for Collaborative Care that helps doctors move away from paper-based systems to give medical professionals actionable decision support on their desktops.