Where current events and sheer irreverence collide.
Last night it occurred to me that every time the federal government had some sort of push for health IT in the past, it's been for very specific, obvious purposes. I can remember the big push for electronic claims submissions, and I vaguely remember something in the 1990's about HHS collecting all sorts of information in order to fight payment fraud. In retrospect, HIPAA was a giant boondoggle, but it least at that time, the issue of privacy for your personal health information made sense.As far as I can tell, there's no real explanation for the push for "e-health records" except for the explanation that's geared for two-year olds, that computerized health records "will save money" and result in "better care". If the issue is really about computerizing all of our health records in standard formats so they can not only be transmitted to any provider in the world but done so in such a way that the other provider can actually access the information, you'd think they'd be shouting this from the rooftops. The Obama administration is talking about this aspect a little bit, but not as much as one would think.No one can really hide the fact that this is just some higher class swill at the public trough for the big corporations to feast on. Thanks for your investigative work, 2Truthy.
What's different this time is that we are in a depression and those past "very specific" mandates like e-claim submission/HHS payment fraud tech development from the 90's were undertaken during boom times relatave to what we now face: with almost fifty million people w/o health insurance and alarming rates of non-stop white collar unemployment/underemployment, most of the populaltion will soon be priced out altogether from affordable, accessable health care.Sweetheart deal for tech lobby, just in time for Valentine's Day. You gotta love this whole concept of forced e-health records nationalization in the stim -- sans, of course, any nationalized healthcare for U.S. citizens.The final e-health plan stimulus mandates that by 2014, we will all have our very own e-health records (courtesy the usual tech lobby caste of characters like Bill Gates, Google & Friends) but nothing about access to healthcare. The university/think-tank/corporate round robbin will be so fat and happy, too."...billions will be given to corporations to create databases and to universities to incorporate patient databases "into the initial and ongoing training of health professionals." And which country's students might those be? Which online/international school programs might be pre-selected to take those jobs, courtesy this U.S. taxpayer subsidy?
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