When it comes to new technologies for the healthcare sphere, the federal government has had a strong impact on the outcomes of EHR implementation and adoption of e-prescribing software. Government agencies have developed meaningful use regulations and drafted the HITECH Act. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have both been involved in spreading ICD-10 compliance and the adoption of health IT systems as well as ensuring that medical facilities receive meaningful use incentives.
Today, the outcome of the presidential election could also play a big role in the development of healthcare in this country. The two camps - President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Vice Presidential pick Paul Ryan - have differing ideas and goals for reforming the medical sector.
Healthcare IT News outlined some past contributions that Paul Ryan has offered the health IT sphere. Seven years ago, Ryan co-sponsored the Health Information Technology Promotion Act, which was aimed at spreading the use of electronic health records (EHRs).
"This measure codifies the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and works to remove barriers that have prevented interoperable health information technology from being implemented," Ryan said in a press release.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, however, did not support the legislation and claimed that it violated basic standards of patient consent and privacy. Ryan was not deterred and, in 2010, announced the the Roadmap for America's Future Act of 2010, which promotes health record trusts that allow medical information to be used similarly to data used by banks or credit card companies.