Found in the Stimulus Bill – Recovery ACT??????

Did anyone know this was in the Stimulus Bill????

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf/110/hit2.pdf 

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or HITECH Act

Health information technology helps save lives and lower costs. This bill accomplishes four major goals that advance the use of health information technology (Health IT), such as electronic health records by:   

 

Requiring the government to take a leadership role to develop standards by 2010 that allow for the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information to improve quality and coordination of care.
 Investing $20 billion in health information technology infrastructure and Medicare and Medicaid incentives to encourage doctors and hospitals to use HIT to electronically exchange patients’ health information.
 - Saving the government $10 billion, and generating additional savings throughout the health sector, through improvements in quality of care and care coordination, and reductions in medical errors and duplicative care.
 - Strengthening Federal privacy and security law to protect identifiable health information from misuse as the health care sector increases use of Health IT.
As a result of this legislation, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that approximately 90 percent of doctors and 70 percent of hospitals will be using comprehensive electronic health records within the next decade.

15 Comments

  1. Hmmm, remember that Bill that was going to keep unemployment to under 8%? Remember the Bill that was passed virtually unread? Remember the Bill that was supposed to be advertised and wasn’t? Well, now there’s a Law to Digitize your health records.

  2. There is no law that I am aware of to digitize your health records, Yorkshire. That said, I think that is an excellent idea that will provide more efficiency to our health care administration.

    Regarding unemployment over 8%, the stimulus bill has already saved 500,000 jobs, not too shabby. Obama admits the obvious, they underestimated the depth of the unemployment problem. We are in uncharted territory, our inheritance of past oversight negligence and massive Wall Street corruption.

  3. Perry:
    There is no law that I am aware of to digitize your health records, Yorkshire. That said, I think that is an excellent idea that will provide more efficiency to our health care administration.

    Then read the HITECH Act. It passed as an inclusion in the Stimulus Bill. It’s the Law now. Also, the use of the HITECH Act is scattered throughout HR3200. It was passed without probably the majority of the Legislators knowing anything about it.

  4. Perry:
    OK Yorkshire, thanks for the update.

    So why do you object to digitized medical records?

    One side of me says OK for the quick transfer of info between doctors. I’ve had a need for that. In the medical field, practically all X-Rays, MRI’s, CAT Scans are all digital. In a hospital setting, the doc has a mini-puter and a screen and can pull the info up anywhere and it saves on film costs, silver recovery problems and less radiation is used in digital. Also, all data is entered digitally in files. There is a paper trail, but KODAK has suffered big time on the old X-Ray way.

    The other side of the coin is that any extremely good hacker with malice in mind for any reason will find a way to get them. And it will be done.

  5. It would be rather simple and cheap to provide people with digitized medical records that could be stored on a flash drive and carried with them.

    But do we need a huge data base that could be misused?

    We already saw the cavalier attitude of some Clinton hangers-on re those “FBI raw files”.

    Could a huge federal data bas be used for a ‘one size fits all’ basis for granting or denying approval for some medical service under ObamaCare?

  6. I can understand your concern, Yorkshire.

    However, I think the risk for abuse is not too high, otherwise we would not have a well-functioning banking system or stock market system or DoD system, all heavily reliant on networked computer technology with built in security.

    And to Art’s reasonable suggestion, I would be concerned about individual medical information needed in an emergency if the flash drive is not immediately available.

    Truism: Nothing in life is without risk.

    Therefore it is in our own individual best interest to assess risks, then prioritize responses, and respond.

    If the health insurance bill is passed, and preexisting conditions are no longer legal for insurance rejection, then these insurance companies will be less motivated to search out individual medical information like they do now!

  7. such huge, huge, gut-busting laffs at people who were very into the USA PATRIOT act suddenly feigning concern over individual privacy. no leg to stand on, conservatives; you spent the last eight years setting the table for government intrusion into your lives. too late for regrets now!

  8. The other side of the coin is that any extremely good hacker with malice in mind for any reason will find a way to get them. And it will be done.

    And this is different from the far more damaging financial records passed around commercially… how?

  9. Phoenician in a time of Romans:
    The other side of the coin is that any extremely good hacker with malice in mind for any reason will find a way to get them. And it will be done.

    And this is different from the far more damaging financial records passed around commercially… how?

    Banks have a lot more to lose from a sophiticated hacker. My fear is the HHS will not look at my health records as say the Pentagon would be a military secrets, or a bank transferring it’s only commodity. And for TT, listening in to foreign conversations for terror, ooooops, that’s right, that war is over, than health records. But if you think health records and terror are the same, have at it. For me, my health records are the same as if it were my lawyer, priest, minister, rabbi, wiccan priestess or counselor, as none of anybody’s damn business but mine and who I wish to share with it.

  10. Banks have a lot more to lose from a sophiticated hacker. My fear is the HHS will not look at my health records as say the Pentagon would be a military secrets, or a bank transferring it’s only commodity.

    Your fear, Yorkshire, blinds you to reality.

    Data will be hacked. The question is whether the benefit of electronic records outweigh the costs. OECD studies say that this is likely.

    All you have is your fear, Yorkshire. You are shouting to it, and it is shouting back at you. That’s plainly obvious whenever you start talking about the Obama Administration.

  11. All you have is your fear, Yorkshire. You are shouting to it, and it is shouting back at you. That’s plainly obvious whenever you start talking about the Obama Administration.

    By golly you’re right, you do write comedy afterall. No Pho, I’m not blinded to reality, I see reality. And what would stop HHS from saying I’m past the life curve set up by Dr. Death Ezekiel Emanuel and the treatment money spent on me is worth morth spent on a younger person? Who is the Gov’t to judge whether I should live or die? Look at it Mr or Ms Pho, you operation has a 50-50 chance of survival and you’re 60, but the same on this 35 year old has a 60-40 chance of survival and we only have money for one operation. Good-bye Pho, the decision is out of your hands. That’s reality.

  12. No Pho, I’m not blinded to reality, I see reality. And what would stop HHS from saying I’m past the life curve set up by Dr. Death Ezekiel Emanuel and the treatment money spent on me is worth morth spent on a younger person?

    There’s really nothing that can be said here.

  13. Phoenician in a time of Romans:
    No Pho, I’m not blinded to reality, I see reality. And what would stop HHS from saying I’m past the life curve set up by Dr. Death Ezekiel Emanuel and the treatment money spent on me is worth morth spent on a younger person?

    There’s really nothing that can be said here.

    Then maybe you can work it into your stand-up comedy routine.

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