Innovating Healthcare Through Health Information Technology (HIT) Infrastructure

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ABSTRACT: Government leadership plays a necessary role in encouraging the development and implementation of health information technology (HIT) where the people, as consumers of healthcare, need to be assured of the government’s long-term commitment to HIT leadership. By strengthening cohesive and collaborative efforts nationwide to accelerate the use of HIT, efficient healthcare can be accessible for all. Though not all may agree with the fairness of the incentives offered for HIT integration, the absence of standards regarding contractual obligations, reasonable charges, disputes, and liability perpetuates the current lack of interest among parties for collaboration. The federal government can drive this cooperation, if not through executive leadership, then perhaps through the voices of the people as represented by Congress. The political power conferred via a federal entitlement program such as Medicare also can enable HIT innovation where the number one purchaser of U.S. healthcare services incentivizes health providers.

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