Americans are familiar with electronic records: We check our bank statements online, order prescriptions online, pay our bills online. Most Americans are well aware of the convenience and security of electronic records, yet there is not a single, comprehensive, interoperable electronic medical records system.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., released the following statement today in response to passage by the Senate of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
So it looks as if the nation’s taxpayers are going to spend about $20 billion to accelerate the use of computerized medical records. In his press conference Monday night, President Obama went out of his way to explain why that money belonged in the economic stimulus package. It is, he said, a job-creating investment in both the present and the future that will improve the quality of care and save lives.
The U.S. House’s passage of President Barack Obama’s $20 billion proposal to promote electronic health records may do more for George W. Bush’s cousin than for one of Obama’s advisers.