Craig Joseph, Chief Medical Information Officer, Agnesian HealthCare, Fond Du Lac, Wisc.
Clearly, HITECH (and the Meaningful Use money that accompanies it) was not endangered by the SCOTUS decision. If the ACA were overturned, there was reasonable concern about CMS' Shared Savings program, value-based purchasing, and various quality improvement methodologies. That said, I think many CMIOs are confident that the train has left the station with regard to healthcare information technology. The future practice of medicine will require physicians (and the hospitals in which they practice) to prove they are providing quality, evidence-based care. This is impossible to do without HIT. So even without ACOs and the CMS programs, HIT will remain an inherently necessary ingredient for population management, evidence-based medicine, and quality healthcare.
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