With President Barack Obama’s re-election most of the remaining uncertainty regarding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been lifted and will continue to move forward. Health IT adoption, on which health reform depends was less affected by the results on November 6. The task of replacing paper with electronic health records (EHRs) will continue.
The Obama administration’s agenda in regard to health information technology and electronic health record adoption has been clear from the start – the President is a supporter of EHRs advancement.
Here are some HIT predictions for Obama’s second term:
- Meaningful use stages will continue on course. This was a hot topic and was broadly opposed by several Republicans in the months leading up to the election. With a chance of being reduced or eliminated had Romney won, we can expect to see the Meaningful Use continue on path into stage three after Obama’s election.
- Meaningful Use incentives and EHRs will continue to be questioned whether they are producing results. NCG Medical stresses the fact that Meaningful Use and EHR implementation have in fact been meaningful. The incentives will continue to motivate adoption of new technology and electronic health records will continue to help the nation’s health care system.
There was not an instant change with the re-election of Obama. Our nation’s health care system will continue its growth and see some changes in the future. NCG Medical will continue to provide help every step of the way to make the transition as simple as possible.