The Democratic Party bolstered its call for the widespread adoption of health information technology, adding a provision to its official healthcare platform that will put the issue on the front burner next week at their national convention and as part of their broader health reform package.
The move to include health IT as part of its healthcare blueprint, while far from binding, nevertheless falls in line with the plans offered by presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose name will be symbolically placed in nomination for a roll call vote in Denver.
The Democratic National Platform committee for the convention said that the widespread adoption of health IT would save the average family up to $2,500 per year in healthcare costs by making the system more efficient and ultimately eliminating waste, like duplicative tests.
As Americans struggle with increasing healthcare costs, we believe a strengthened, uniquely American system should provide the highest quality, most cost-effective care, the committee wrote. These efforts include driving adoption of state-of-the-art health information technology systems, privacy-protected electronic medical records, reimbursement incentives and a comparative-effectiveness institute.
More broadly, the committee backed a health reform platform that also calls for universal healthcare coverage by broadening the public and private health insurance options, an increased focus on prevention and wellness, and reforms to the health insurance industry that would eliminate insurance discrimination.