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Hillary Clinton: Cooperation, Technology Will Solve Big Healthcare Issues
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Alison_Diana
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2/28/2014 | 9:29:53 AM
Re: Your reaction to Hillary at HIMSS?
It was very much a pep rally, as one HIT professional told me, and her calls for a bipartisan approach to healthcare appeared to have an eye on 2016 -- as well as the hundreds of people spread through two conference rooms. Like many people I spoke to after the speech, I'd have preferred to hear more meat and potatoes: what does she want to do next with healthcare/HIT? What is/isn't working? Where will the money come from and where will it go? What about privacy? Who is going to store this data? Is government really planning a national database of patient information: And if so, please let's talk about all the scary implications this has. 

Despite lots of questioning, both on-site and via email, LinkedIn, and HIMSS' messaging system, I didn't get many answers from attendees about the back-to-back Clinton keynotes. Last year, Bill Clinton spoke. This year it was Hillary. 
GAProgrammer
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2/28/2014 | 8:44:27 AM
Re: Before cooperation, there's that contested election
Does it? Have you even tried to use it?
GAProgrammer
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GAProgrammer,
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2/28/2014 | 8:43:51 AM
Re: Your reaction to Hillary at HIMSS?
Rob, you beat me to the punch. It's a pretty hypocritical statement considering how this is a core part of the Democratic idiology - to provide healthcare to the masses. I just read it as more rhetoric in order to further their agenda.
Charlie Babcock
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2/27/2014 | 3:52:03 PM
Before cooperation, there's that contested election
If Hillary runs for President, ObamaCare may one day be replaced by ClintonCare. What's the difference? Principles would remain the same but the Web site works.
Paul Cerrato
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2/27/2014 | 3:05:09 PM
Re: Your reaction to Hillary at HIMSS?
To answer Rob's question,  Clinton's speech contained very little hard-core data, including anything you could really sink your teeth into regarding the success of the ACA. Her presentation was mostly a cheerleader's approach to HIT, with lots of praise for IT professionals--and a call for bipartisanship.  

Paul Cerrato

Contributor Editor

InformationWeek Healthcare

 
RobPreston
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2/27/2014 | 2:00:43 PM
Re: Your reaction to Hillary at HIMSS?
I think most of us can agree that the healthcare industry needed to be pulled into adopting 21st century technology, including EHRs. But the "hyper-politicized debate" about the Affordable Care Act is something altogether different. If that debate has been "more about ideology than data," as Clinton said, did she provide some data to support her position that Obamacare has been a success? I wasn't at the speech, so I don't know.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/27/2014 | 9:21:59 AM
Re: Your reaction to Hillary at HIMSS?
My colleague Alison Diana will have a follow up with reaction from HIMSS attendees a little later today.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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2/27/2014 | 9:17:29 AM
Your reaction to Hillary at HIMSS?
Were you in the audience for the Hillary Clinton keynote? Did you think she said anything significant?Or do you agree with this critic (via Twitter)

Will our host at #HIMSS14 ask @HillaryClinton to discuss HIT? This is a campaign ad. Will we take a collection for a PAC next? Unacceptable



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