Top 10 Healthcare Stories Of 2010
Changes to the healthcare insurance status quo won and lost elections, revised and created business plans, and kept harried CIOs and their overworked staffs up at night. But it also generated opportunities for IT professionals in the healthcare industry to save their organizations time and money, reshape burdensome workflows, and improve patient care. When he was elected, President Barack Obama pledged to change healthcare insurance -- and this year marked months of debate and political hijinks that ultimately resulted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; soon after, it was renamed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. In addition, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), which strongly encourages medical providers large and small to use technology. In a carrot-stick approach, the federal government first rewards those who invest in solutions such as electronic health records and then penalizes those that do not do so.