Rising health care costs have a significant impact on our economy, and medical errors pose a meaningful and costly risk to health care consumers. The adoption of information technology, including the implementation of RHIOs (Regional Health Information Organizations) and electronic medical record systems, is critical to addressing these issues. Although President Bush's vision of a NHIN (National Health Information Network)is a positive first step in governmental involvement, Congress must address the biggest challenge health care providers cite in implementing information technology: the lack of funding. The national government must demonstrate its commitment to reducing costs and improving care by committing significant financial resources, mandating participation in pay-for performance programs by Medicare and Medicaid, and encouraging similar private programs.
Note, Regional Health Information Organizations: Lower Health Care Costs, Fewer Iatrogenic Illnesses, and Improved Care - What Are We Waiting For, 22 J.L. & Health 167 (2009)