The promotion of health information technology has—so far—enjoyed bipartisan political support, and the Chicago-based Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society would like to keep it that way.
HIMSS, in a news release, proposes that Democrats and Republicans adopt a health IT plank in their respective national party convention platforms.
HIMSS' suggested plank language is as follows:
"In order to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans while reducing costs, the party will continue its strong support for the rapid, nationwide adoption of health information technology, including electronic health records and secure health information exchange capabilities."
HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber acknowledged in the news release that the country remains "engaged in a long-term debate over how to restructure our healthcare system." But, Lieber said, "There continues to be widespread, bipartisan support for efforts to move away from a delivery and payment system that rewards volume, toward a system that rewards efficiency and quality outcomes, in part by enabling providers and patients to access the right information at the right time through robust nationwide adoption of health IT."