Friday, April 17, 2009

EMR, CCHIT, and the 2009 Economic Stimulus Act

Those of you who've been following the news surrounding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) are no doubt aware of the huge changes on the horizon for healthcare IT. Soon, the days of the cluttered office with wall to wall patient charts will be replaced with a single computer that has searchable access to years of patient data, charts, and medical history without the need to ever leave your desk through the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR).

While the federal government has, through ARRA, set aside $19 billion dollars to help doctors migrate to an EMR, the one disturbing provision that troubles many small EMR companies is the requirement that the software be certified. While the certification agency has yet to be specified, it is widely accepted that the CCHIT will be selected for that role and that concerns many small companies and physicians.

Join Kris Rebillor as she speaks with Dr. Mark Leavitt, chair of CCHIT, as their discuss ARRA and how it will impact American healthcare in this short, audio only interview.

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