With the narrow passage of the American Health Care Act in the House Thursday as the first step to repeal and replace major components of the Affordable Care Act, some healthcare information technology efforts may be eventually refocused at the nation's healthcare organizations.
The vote to pass the bill could increase uncertainty among healthcare organizations about revenue, thus resulting in hesitance to commit to large capital purchases or cause changes in priorities, some industry watchers say. Because of the uncertainty about where federal health policy is going, providers may looking to short-term solutions that increase their flexibility to adapt to changes. And long-term IT strategies need to be re-examined to ensure they meet the emerging challenges in healthcare.
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