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
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The concept of a National Health Information Network (NHIN), which continues to generate debate, is a vital backbone to the entire overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system. NHIN will provide caregivers with Web-based access to patients' electronic medical records, no matter where they are. States, which the federal government is encouraging to create their own internal networks, are at different levels of preparedness for a nationwide network. In November, some advisors asked workgroup chair Dr. John Lumpkin to work out some details before advancing to the next step in the formal recommendation process.