I am glad someone else besides me chimed in on this topic. We do need the “smart people” in areas where complicated data issues are decided. I have coined a term “Magpie Healthcare” which is what we end up with with individuals on the front line not having some expertise in at least some areas of technology, other than being just a mediocre end user. The SEC/Madoff scandal certainly made a big case there, as when presented with information in a format unfamiliar, nothing was done as it was not understood, so we need some individuals to be the nerds and bring the algorithms at a top level.
The whistle blowers and creators of healthcare business intelligence algorithms seems to be areas of healthcare making the money.
I do have to admit this was taking a pretty vocal stand on his part, but if it’s the truth, it is what it is. We need education all the way around, from Congress on down. Again, when watching the Senate testimonies, it shocked me to see how little was known and that I believe only one member spoke out about having experienced a physician using an electronic record, and PHRs were almost no where to be found on the map and were explained to the Senate by both Kaiser and Microsoft in a very congenial and informative manner, although PHRs have been out now for almost 2 years.
There’s also the issue of science that enters the picture and as much as any of us would like to get our heads around forecasting and budgeting for research and development, I don’t see where that’s going to happen, as it is a science, but it is also merging with the clinical side of healthcare, so those 2 facts added together make it somewhat impossible accurately forecast and perhaps Congress can set up some padding the the budgets to accommodate this fact, as if we don’t, we will always be behind the 8 ball with money. What good is the research and development if nobody can afford it? BD
CHICAGO – The U.S. Congress has an inadequate understanding of the cost savings that healthcare information technology can provide, said a Pennsylvania Congressman at HIMSS09 Sunday.
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) participated in the opening session of the special Economic Stimulus Education Program offered at the HIMSS Annual Conference this year. Murphy and Massachusetts state senator Richard Moore (D) answered questions from Dave Roberts, HIMSS vice president of government relations, and audience members about the goals of economic stimulus for healthcare IT.
"Unfortunately, Congress and the Congressional Budget Office are not that good at determining value," Murphy said.