"Creating an electronic health record for every American by 2014 is a big part of Obama's agenda but it may be easier said than done," CNN Money reports.
"For one, the cost can be prohibitive - easily running into the tens of millions of dollars. Getting physicians on board can be challenging. And the sheer magnitude of implementing the technology can be overwhelmingly cumbersome - translation: try creating a system for a hospital that serves 600,000 patients." The ambitious idea is to eventually create a network between hospitals and doctors offices all across the nation (Goldman, 7/31).
Separately, IBM, a company that provides health IT services, has joined forces with UnitedHealth Group to test a medical home payment and care delivery model in Arizona, the Arizona Republic reports. Under the program, IBM is providing consultants to help doctors install electronic medical records and prescribing capabilities.
Source: Kaiser Health News