House Leaders to HHS: Halt and Fix the EHR Incentive Program

Four powerful members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling for an immediate halt to the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program, which they consider to be weak.

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Comments (5)
What is really driving this introspection now? Did the EMR companies forget to send money to their lobbyists? Why did the politicians who passed this bill not debate this facilitated fraud on both taxpayers and physicians? Doctors on SERMO.COM had warned about this fraud so many times. Some senators like Tom Coburn even sought our advice. HITECH act has certainly enriched CEOs of EMR companies, not to mention the huge outsourcing market for bad medical software product development all over the world. There is certainly better use for taxpayer money. A better ROI can be had by just abolishing select CPT codes, getting rid of double payment for physician O/p services rendered by hospital owned docs. Let us get rid of all this EMR drama. There are lessons to be learned from the health IT fiasco in UK.
Posted by nsmurali | Friday, October 05 2012 at 8:26PM ET
So, the people that created the greatest IT bubble in the history of man don't like the way the bubble is shaping up?

It was a ridiculous idea to start with, thinking government and venture capital could efficiently automate physician offices. A perfect example of the culture of government spending that so negatively affects our country.
Posted by stevestras | Saturday, October 06 2012 at 1:03PM ET
Clear case that we have digital illiterates making laws and researching. Hopefully this will come more to light and folks come out of denial on this topic. I said a while back that Congress could use better tools to make laws, like IBM Watson whereby all could query and research and all come up with the same numbers to start with and then move on with creating laws. Right now everyone has their own set of numbers and it would be nice to have everyone start with the same and hopefully accurate numbers:)

This same group also with digital illiteracy has not a clue on how much money, time and number of engineers it would take to totally repeal the healthcare law as that's what it would entail and I'm surprise that nobody else has commented on this besides myself, so for comparison on the time element, Oracle took 7 years to integrate and create their Fusion program and this project would a whole lot bigger than that and the US would probably have to outsource the project to both India and China to do as software builds on itself. We don't run to the code kitchen and cook it up like we used to in the simple days any longer, and thus so some folks really have a rude awakening waiting for them in this area of digital illiteracy . Again I chuckle when I hear this for this reason and the fact that it would create such high levels of disruption coupled with already known uncertainties that it could produce riots if you think about it. Thus so I was little more outspoken than normal and of course we need both White House Department heads as well as Congressmen with a "little" IT or code backgrounds as this is what we get, the frick and frack digital illiteracy routine sadly.

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/digital-illiterate-algo-duped-gop.html
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