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Cover Story: The Politics of Healthcare IT (in three parts)
IT seems to be the one non-partisan area around healthcare that everyone can agree on. Though most politicians are “for it,” what does that really mean? In this section, we discuss the landscape of new mandates for legislative and regulatory change that will most likely occur no matter what the outcome of federal and state elections.
Section 1: Federal
John McCain and Barack Obama have different views on the precise role of healthcare IT. We talk to their representatives to learn exactly how each would promote its adoption. In this section, we also look at the upcoming Congressional elections with regard to potential action on healthcare IT. This story is rounded out by interviewing lobbyists and analysts from such organizations as the AHA, HIMSS and CCHIT.
Section 2: States
While the federal government plays a vital role in transforming health IT, much of the policy development actually takes place at the state level. In this section, we will provide an overview of developments in state legislatures, accompanied by a chart to visually summarize each initiative’s state, sponsor, requirements and status. The story will consist of interviews with experts discussing what is most likely to take place in state legislatures in the next two years.
Section 3: What’s a CIO to Do?
With the 2008 Presidential Election looming, the worlds of health IT and politics are colliding with increasing frequency. Topics like EMR adoption are bleeding into the mainstream as various bills are pitched promoting incentives for health IT adopters, standards for health data exchange and the creation of health IT advisory committees. As the nation moves closer to electing a new commander-in-chief, and these key topics are pushed further into the limelight. HCI looks to examine this issue from the perspective of CIOs — particularly those who are active in legislative matters, whether that entails testifying before congress, lobbying, or simply going on record to support or oppose a bill. In this section, we will explore how the outcome of the election will impact CIOs, how CIOs can prepare for a new administration, and what CIOs need to know before casting a vote.
Your organization is switching to a new enterprise EMR. The vendor’s been selected, the money’s been committed, but now you actually have to migrate to the new system. Where do you start? CIOs today may not be doing the nitty-gritty of the migration themselves, but unsuccessful, they still surely take the blame. We’ll talk to CIOs who are already involved in a large scale migration between major vendors and ask the strategic questions you really want to know, such as: ‘How far out did they start their planning? What about budget, redundancy and contingency plans? How do CIOs use their IT team to manage the migration? How much does the vendor do—or not do? And are consultants really necessary?’ We’ll also find out if ‘no downtime during the conversion’ is a reality or a pipe dream.
IT budgets are changing: they no longer sit in the three-ring binder on a shelf. Instead, they are viewed by many as a continuous strategic initiative. We’ll talk to CIOs who share their budget strategies about one, three and five year plans, and ask questions about what goes into a good budget — and how they can sell it to the Board or CFO. We’ll also talk about budget items that have been moved under the purview of the CIO, like biomed. Are CIOs getting the budget they need to support these new responsibilities? We also look at risky IT investment, rolling over capital to the next year and strategies for success.