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Senators introduce Health IT bill.

As the growth of health information technology grows in the medical device sector, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced new legislation that would provide grants and other incentives to speed the adoption of this technology in the market

If passed, the Health Information Technology Act would establish a five-year, $4 billion grant program for information technologies and services required by hospitals, physicians, nursing facilities, community health centers and community mental health centers. At least 20% of the funds would be available to rural areas or regions with a shortage of healthcare professionals.

In addition, the bill includes privacy provisions that include a requirement that patients be informed if their personal health record is inappropriately disclosed.

Along with other provisions, the bill would increase Medicare payments to providers that use health information technology. The senators added that the bill would improve the quality and accuracy of major clinical decisions involving patients with chronic conditions.

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Publication:Medical Product Outsourcing
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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