The State of the Union’s HIT

Becoming an expert in anything takes a lot of dedication and hard work and when your target is the US health care industry you need lots of both. We at BCS have been studying the US health care industry, as it relates to Information Technology, in an effort to become experts, and in-turn launch our new venture.

Suffice it to say I recently have been reading a lot, blogs mostly, about the current state of the US health care industry, health care related information technologies, and changes that experts and policy makers predict will be coming this decade. If you haven’t been doing the same let me tell you health care related IT is incredibly complicated and many changes are afoot. Also, as it turns out there is a term for health care related IT – it’s called health care Information Technology, or HIT – go figure.

I’ve learned much about the health care industry and the effects on it by recent legislation – at least enough to hold my own in conversation. The most obvious and significant fact I uncovered thus far, as it relates to changes in the US health care industry and HIT is this: the US Government is aggressively pushing for sweeping changes in health care delivery process and payment structures, as well as the HIT systems used by institutions and providers. Translation: there are lots of opportunities for hardware and software vendors (and possibly money to be made) in this area.

The vehicles for these changes are the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act. The PPACA is the formal name of President Obama’s health care reform legislation, and the HITECH act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus bill).

This blog is where the founders at Barrett-Cormier Software LLC (BCS) will be contributing back to the HIT discussion. Because this blog reflects the interests of its authors you’ll notice that we will be focusing on a few key aspects that were extracted from PPACA and HITECH. In particular you’ll notice us writing quite a bit about

  • unique HIT needs of ACO’s
  • EHR’s (successes, failures, implementation complexities)
  • Meaningful Use adoption and it’s impact on HIT
  • HIE’s and REC’s
  • our take on the push towards the [Patient Centered] Medical Home [2.0], and
  • open source health care software.

There are many other excellent blogs out there which dedicate themselves to similar topics and are written by leading industry experts. This blog, however, is going to approach these topics from a different perspective, one seen from the eyes of an HIT vendor/consultant, and written by people who learned technology first and health care second. We at BCS think this perspective will lead to interesting discussions and insights here on . We hope you will visit us often and let us know your thoughts.

Matt is a BCS founder; he can be contacted at matt's email address image. BCS was formed in 2010 in order to meet the increasingly complicated IT needs of the health care community. We offer experience in IT ranging from enterprise application development (J2EE, .NET) to Professional Services Consulting, Support and Project Management. The founders at BCS have over 20 years experience in health care and Financial Services technologies.

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