Archive for April, 2013

For hospitals on the edge, HIT is the tipping point

Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Edmund Billings, MD No Comments

“No aspect of health IT entails as much uncertainty as the magnitude of its potential benefits.”

A few years into the Meaningful Use program, it seems this quote from a 2008 Congressional Budget Office report entitled “Evidence on the Costs and Benefits of Health Information Technology” may have been written with the assistance of a crystal ball.

Fast forward to 2013. (more…)

Republicans, Democrats Agree on IT Procurement; Apocalypse Expected Wednesday

Posted on: April 8th, 2013 by Edmund Billings, MD No Comments

In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is. This is especially true in the posturing hurly-burly of the House, where members can appeal to the few select priorities of a gerrymandered district to win re-election. (more…)

Medsphere Voices Support for Sweeping Changes to Government IT Purchasing

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by Medsphere No Comments

Technology Reform Act could be most significant reform of federal tech acquisition in more than 20 years

Carlsbad, Calif. —Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare IT platform solutions, today issued a public statement of support for the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Act (FITAR). The House legislation (H.R. 1232), jointly sponsored by California Republican Darrell Issa and Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly, recently moved with unanimous bipartisan support from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to the floor for a full vote. (more…)