Health Policy and The Federal Government Essay examples

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Our health care system is currently undergoing a much needed reform. We all too often hear about the uninsured and underinsured, how many millions of Americans are going without. What we do not hear about is how implementing new Health IT strategies we will help reform the health care system as well. We are all aware of the governments current financial situation but we cannot get anywhere without spending first.
What are some of the major milestones in the development and advancement of Health IT? Health information technology (IT) has always been in development but within the last decade we are witnessing health IT move into new advancements we never thought we would see. In 2004, President Bush set a ten year goal for health IT
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The ACA is another step in the right direction towards health care reform in the U.S.
Are EMRs and EHRs developed enough to be successfully implemented in the U.S. health care system? Unfortunately, for the United States we always tend to lag behind everyone else in our health IT. While other countries are in complete use of EMRs and EHRs we are still working on our implementation. “To Date, it is estimated that only 20% of doctors and 10% of hospitals currently use EHRs” (Cullen, 2011). We have seen some doctors and hospitals implement EHRs letting us know it is developed enough to be successful. Implementing EMR’s and EHR’s is not going to be easy and may create a financial burden for some doctors and hospitals leading us into our next question.
Who should be responsible for funding the implementation of EMRs and or EHRs? What types of incentives could policymakers use to influence providers’ or payers’ decisions to adopt use of such systems? Developing a new system and expecting all providers and hospitals to implement the system in a certain time frame without any assistance is a bold move. It has the potential of back firing on the government. Would if the implementation of EMRs and EHRs cause providers and hospitals to shut their doors because they are not prepared for the financial burden? The government will then be left with a possible provider shortage. Allowing for
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