HIMSS is asking both major political parties to agree on on the idea that health information technology is is a useful tool in the transformation of the nations healthcare delivery system. In an era when getting our these political parties to agree on whether the sun rises in the east and sets in the west seems nearly impossible getting them to agree on the value of HIT may be optimistic, but I hope they’re successful.
“Health information technology is an essential, foundational element of any meaningful effort to transform our nation’s healthcare delivery system,” said H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO. “While our nation is engaged in a long-term debate over how to restructure our healthcare system, there continues to be widespread, bipartisan support for efforts to move away from a delivery and payment system that rewards volume, toward a system that rewards efficiency and quality outcomes, in part by enabling providers and patients to access the right information at the right time through robust nationwide adoption of health IT.”
HIMSS is proposing the following language be included in the Democratic and Republican national party platforms for 2012:
“In order to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans while reducing costs, the Party will continue its strong support for the rapid, nationwide adoption of Health Information Technology including electronic health records and secure health information exchange capabilities.”
Concurrently, HIMSS continues to work with Congress to expand bipartisan leadership and support for system-wide adoption of private and secure health IT systems, which will pave the way to healthcare transformation through enhanced quality of patient care across the nation.
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