New Momentum for HIT
By Vishal Wanchoo, president and CEO, GE Healthcare IT
For nearly two decades, healthcare-industry leaders have promoted a nationwide health-information network (NHIN) to help enable clinical-information sharing across multiple institutions and regions. In 2010, there will be unprecedented momentum at the state level to connect health information across providers.
First, the early adopters of health-information networks are showing how sharing clinical information helps drive better clinical decisions, reduce treatment errors and provide a better patient experience. In addition, the ARRA includes $564 million in funding for states to establish health-information exchanges (HIEs). Finally, the maturing of industry standards and the inclusion of HIEs as a part of the meaningful-use criteria is driving state-level adoption. This framework will play a crucial role in eventually achieving connectivity across states, regions and even nations.