The AARP, Business Roundtable and Service Employees International Union have sent Congress a set of jointly endorsed principles for implementing the use of health information technology, which the organizations say would help reduce medical errors, and save time and money for patients and healthcare providers.
"The digital age has transformed virtually every other sector of the economy," said Business Roundtable President John Castellani in a written statement released jointly by the three organizations. "It is time to bring the tremendous benefit of technology to our healthcare system by enacting health IT legislation."
The principlescreated in conjunction with the organizations healthcare-improvement campaign, Divided We Failinclude recommendations that Congress pass legislation requiring payers and healthcare providers to use secure, uniform and interoperable technology; create grants, loans or tax credits that would assist providers in purchasing such technology; and set a timetable for a uniform healthcare IT system to be universally used.
Representatives from the three advocacy groups said they plan to schedule meetings over the coming weeks with lawmakers in the Senate and House.