HIT: Just in Time to Cure the Recession?

Wed, May 5, 2010

Breaking News

Despite the promise of new jobs, EHR errors are still causing publicity and concern.

By now we know the feds are handing out money – to colleges and non-profits, mostly – to jumpstart the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. But what’s recently become clear, too, is the role health information technology is playing in jumpstarting the still-saggy U.S. economy – if it will just work right.

Read on to find out how the feds are promoting HIT as the source of new jobs while concurrently making major CYA moves to deal with reports of EHR errors.

While the economy grew 3.2 percent in the first three months of 2010, it’s not enough of an acceleration to make any kind of noticeable dent in joblessness, reports the Washington Post. In fact, first-quarter gains in GDP are happening at slower rate than they were at…

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