Though it hasn't gotten as much attention, one of the biggest recipients of largesse from President Barack Obama's stimulus package is the health care information technology industry. The bill requires utilization of electronic health care records for everyone in the U.S. by 2014, when only about 28 percent of health care providers use such systems now. The effort is intended to streamline health care records, reduce test duplication, and reduce errors. (Want to [URL="http://readthestimulus.org/amdth1.pdf"]read it for yourself[/URL]? Start on page 230.) Health data exchanges, also known as health information exchanges (HIEs) and regional health information organizations (RHIOs), provide a standard …

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As President Obama's economic stimulus package winds its way through the politico, people in the tech sector wait with bated breath to find out what it will mean for the IT industry. Of particular interest is the section of the bill that details how the administration plans to go about digitizing medical records. Once the details are figured out, you can bet software vendors all over the country will swing into action developing products to process, secure, and transmit medical records. Too bad they'll be a day late to the party. Seattle-based [URL="http://www.remotemedical.com/"]Remote Medical[/URL] has already been assisting emergency medical …

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