In response to Matthew DoBias' "Legislative outline marks $20 billion for health IT":
If our country focuses on developing and implementing truly innovative, low-cost, highly useful technologies (i.e., disruptive innovations)and uses some of the money to support healthcare providers in implementing itthen $20 billion is more than enough. That means including small, agile health information technology companies with novel products and concepts, not just pouring billions into the coffers of the large companies to develop expensive, bloated, me too commodities.
Unfortunately, thats not the way the federal government has worked in the past (e.g., the Office of the National Coordinators decision to hand over to large corporations that promised two-fifths of the funding be set aside for small IT companies). Whats needed is better collaboration between healthcare professionals and health IT vendors, as well as pulling together the most creative clinical and technological minds driven by an honest desire to increase value in our healthcare system in ways that benefit consumers and practitioners alike. This is possible with the new administration, but Im not convinced that pay-to-play politics has loosened its grip on our political system.
Stephen Beller, Ph.D.CEO/President National Health Data Systems Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.What do you think? To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Health IT Strategist reserves the right to edit all submissions.
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