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9/29/2014
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Alison Diana
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25 Years Of Health IT: A Complicated Journey

Policy changes and consumer pressures have spurred huge changes in health IT. Take a look back at how we got here -- and where we're going.
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Government oversight
In 2004, President George W. Bush created the 
National Health Information Coordinator position and doubled funding to $100 million as part of a plan to encourage widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The 10-year plan to incentivize EHRs ultimately was implemented under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), enacted by President Barack Obama.
The era also ushered in a plethora of government agencies (and acronyms). Also in 2009, the HITECH Act 
authorized $19.2 billion for enhanced Medicare and Medicare payments to those healthcare providers who adopted 'meaningful use' of health IT technologies between 2011 and 2015, via preset steps and deadlines. 

Image: Then-President George W. Bush discusses healthcare IT reform at Vanderbilt University in 2004. 
(Source: Paul Morse)

Government oversight
In 2004, President George W. Bush created the National Health Information Coordinator position and doubled funding to $100 million as part of a plan to encourage widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). The 10-year plan to incentivize EHRs ultimately was implemented under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), enacted by President Barack Obama.

The era also ushered in a plethora of government agencies (and acronyms). Also in 2009, the HITECH Act authorized $19.2 billion for enhanced Medicare and Medicare payments to those healthcare providers who adopted "meaningful use" of health IT technologies between 2011 and 2015, via preset steps and deadlines.

Image: Then-President George W. Bush discusses healthcare IT reform at Vanderbilt University in 2004.

(Source: Paul Morse)

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9/30/2014 | 9:39:15 AM
Amazing Journey
When you think about the number of physician practices, clinics, hospitals, and other providers around the country, it truly is incredible to see the growth in EHR adoption. That said, the industry still has a long way to go, which everyone agrees. Looking back at the pictures kindly shared by Cleveland Clinic and UPMC, it's amazing to see how far healthcare IT has come. (I didn't include more general inventions such as the web, Internet, or PCs; it's hard to imagine just about any industry without those!)

 
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