"We're pleased that the Republican party is recognizing the transformative nature of health IT by including this important provision in their 2012 party platform," the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society said in a statement. "We are optimistic that the Democrats will include similar language in their platform, reflecting the clear value of health IT to the transformation of healthcare. Because of health information technology's nationwide recognized value to improving clinical outcomes, enhancing patient safety, expanding access to care and helping to control healthcare costs, health IT continues to receive the widest bipartisan support in Congress and the state legislatures."
HIMSS and the rest of the healthcare industry won't have to wait long to learn whether Democrats will incorporate health IT goals and objectives in their platform. The party will release its plan next week from Charlotte, N.C., where delegates will convene for the Democratic National Convention.