Dragging the health industry into the third millennium. Quoth HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Kaiser Health News:
Major insurance companies, provider groups, doctors, hospitals, and patients announced that they will team up to support so-called “meaningful use” regulations – guidelines that doctors and hospitals will have to follow to earn incentives for moving from paper to electronic medical files.
Imagine! No more faxing a Xerox of your insurance card to your doctor! Soon, doctors’ offices will be as efficient as the corner mechanic!
The drive comes from last year’s federal stimulus money: By adopting records, providers can get $44,000 from Medicare or $64,000 from Medicaid. Hospitals get millions in reimubursement costs. Good to see at least some of the stimulus money will be well-spent.