The giant US health IT conference and exhibition HIMSS11 opened today in Orlando, Florida to a record 31,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors who were told their opportunity had come to use technology to transform healthcare.
The US Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) was previously a key lobbyist for investment in Electronic Patient Record (EPR) systems in the USA. The convention now comes at a time of $20 billion of national investment being directed towards delivery of EPR’s under ‘meaningful use’ initiatives.
At, it was HIMSS11 emphasised the possibility of having accurate information instantly available whenever required within just a few short years, enabling clinicians to make the correct informed treatment decisions for and with their patients.
These changes are now in motion and will be thought to impact the entire medical practice model. It is also predicted that utilisation of electronic record systems will have profound benefits for patient care and medical research.
As a result of lobbying by HIMSS for investment of a minimum $25 billion in health IT to boost the adoption of EPRs in 2008, Obama subsequently pledged that all Americans would have EPR’s within five years, and channelled up to $36 billion of America Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) money towards it. This includes up to $19 billion to incentivise providers to make ‘meaningful use’ of records, which is argued to help modernise the US healthcare system and support the struggling US economy.
In his opening address, Dr C Martin Harris, the chair of the HIMSS board, said: “We have the opportunity to lead healthcare’s transformation. Our moment has come. It is right here, now.”
Original Source E-Health Insider
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