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Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD on Friday January 02, 2009 @ 03:25 PM
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The Boston Globe has an article on the difficulties President Obama will face with spending $50 Billion in Health IT: "As Barack Obama prepares to spend billions on health information technology as part of his plan to revive the US economy, some specialists are warning against investing too heavily in existing electronic record keeping systems...If America's physician practices suddenly rushed to install the systems of their choice, it would only dramatically intensify the [tower of] Babel that already exists," wrote David Kibbe, a senior adviser to the academy and a longtime proponent of health information technology, and Bruce Klepper, a healthcare market analyst..."

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    Re: Boston Globe: hurdles in digitizing health records
    by JayDee on Saturday January 03, 2009 @ 12:56 AM

    Do people really believe this will help the economy??

    You can't create a good economy by government spending because in order for government to get the $50 Billion, they had to take the $50 Billion away from people in the economy that would otherwise spend it. The money isn't free.

    If government spending was the solution to providing a happy and good economy, we could just create make work jobs building bridges to nowhere and suddenly everyone would be employed.. but it doesn't work.

    Worse yet everyone is aware of how inefficient the government is at just about everything they do. So there will be considerable overhead.

    This almost reminds me of the genius soviet socialist economic planners that would have the starving people working away in the factories, grain in the field waiting to be harvested, unnamed tractors rusting away in the field, all while those factory workers are busy building more tractors. Simple employment does not bring about a happy economy, we need to do the right things and it's market signals that tell us what those things are, not bureaucrats.

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    • Re: Boston Globe: hurdles in digitizing health records
      by Ignacio Valdes, MD on Saturday January 03, 2009 @ 04:16 AM

      The other sticky issue is the government basically picking the winners and the losers. Especially with such a complex undertaking as health IT. I liken this to the government directly and massively putting itself in control of cell-phone or web-browser markets or research and development. It is unclear that the outcome would be that great and a tremendous amount of money would probably be wasted. Webreach's Mirth has probably done more for interoperability than anyone else and they did it without a dime of government money that I know of. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

      -- IV

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    Tower of Babel
    by Brian Barker on Saturday January 03, 2009 @ 12:37 PM
    I agree with the tower of Babel comment. In today's World the language problem is still relevant! If you have time, please check http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU as well as http://www.lernu.net
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    Re: Boston Globe: hurdles in digitizing health records
    by Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson on Tuesday January 06, 2009 @ 04:58 PM
    As Kibbe and Klepper rightly acknowledge, interoperability is key to the broad use of electronic health records. The Tower of Babel is unacceptable. Fortunately, those stewarding EHR at the Federal level seem to be emphasizing interoperability as they develop the National Health Information Network (NIHN). So far, other countries have done a better job of implementing electronic systems. Sixty percent of New Zealand family physicians already use electronic medical records, while US estimates range between 4% and 20%. That leaves U.S. healthcare players needing to cooperate even more zealously toward an electronic system. More discussion: www.healthcaretownhall.com
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