With his repeated vows to repeal the PPACA, a President Romney might be more cheerleader than funder for health IT, including the meaningful use program, which some experts said could become an attractive target for cuts because there is money promised but not yet paid.
It's not here yet, but the United States military has plans to perfect technology that would enable combat medics to dictate treatment notes for casualties on the battlefield – and have those end up as structured data and narrative information in fighters' electronic medical records.
The CDC says a sub-group of potentially deadly antibiotic resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. hospitals, and it is urging providers and local health agencies to focus on limiting local contamination to thwart their spread.
With EHR literacy becoming more and more essential for nurses, informatics is increasingly becoming part of community college and university nursing curriculums, and new EHR education software is sprouting up.
Election uncertainty made holding off on a health insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion appealing to conservative Governors. And while many are still resisting, experts in the trenches believe that is on the verge of changing now that President Obama has been reelected.
Citing cost as a major problem, the public-private Kansas Health Information Exchange, Inc. has voted to transfer operations to the state's health department. What happens to the remainder of KHIE's federal grant remains to be seen.
The real revolution in healthcare is not so much in the ACA as health IT, some experts say, and the difficulties associated with implementing and meaningfully using EHRs will not get any easier just because President Obama will be in the White House for a second term.