Health Law and Health Information Technology Alert: Electronic Health Record Legislation Passed As Part of President's Stimulus Package

Today, the United States Senate passed an economic stimulus bill that includes provisions related to health care information technology (“Health IT”) and reserves over $19 billion to support the adoption of Health IT.1 On January 28, 2009, the United States House of Representatives reserved over $20 billion of its own stimulus bill to support the adoption of Health IT.2 These bills dovetail with President Barack Obama’s ambitious goal of the utilization of an electronic health record (EHR) for each person in the United States by the year 2014. The Senate and House will enter into negotiations on a final compromise bill that President Obama expects to sign into law this month.

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