Cook County Health and Hospitals System reinvented its IT infrastructure, consolidating disparate systems into a unified virtual datacenter. In so doing, the provider has already reaped benefits, not just of the financial kind but also, more importantly, in treating patients.
Some Republicans are already finding things they like in the Affordable Care Act. And while the Obama administration fails to explain the law's benefits to Americans, Romney's disingenuous campaigning about the ACA's conservative roots might be finally catching up to him.
The GOP candidate has taken a long and weaving road to arrive at his current stance concerning health IT's power to transform care delivery, and gained considerable attention, as well as financial profit, along the way.
The locus of health IT efforts has been in Washington so long—in Congress, at Health & Human Services, in long meetings of policy and standards committees— that you might not notice the scene subtly shifting to the nation's physician offices and hospital corridors and out to the surrounding communities.