Many people have asked about the author's hopes for the next year, now that billions are being allocated for health information technology through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Here's a summary of the ARRA legislation as he understands it: 1. $34 billion for healthcare IT stimulus activity. 2. New standards and policy federal advisory committees. 3. Competitive planning and implementation grants to states. 4. A demonstration program to apply health IT training to clinical curriculum. 5. Grants for IT professionals to expand health informatics training. The next year will also bring much planning for the implementation of EHRs regionally and locally. His top expectations for 2009-2010 are: 1. ONC will be recognized and will become a sub-cabinet organization. 2. ONC will fund regional "IT Extension Centers." 3. National eHealth Collaborative will become the standards committee. 4. Medicare and private insurer incentives will accelerate implementation of a few basic data exchanges. 5. "Public Good" data exchanges will be required for participation in Medicare HIT incentives.
My Hopes and Expectations for the Next Year John Halamka Health Management Technology; Apr 2009; 30, 4; Docstoc pg. 10 Reproduced with permission of the copyr
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