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My Vision for Universal, Quality, Affordable Health Care

Using NEJM as a podium, Hilary Clinton outlines her plans for improving healthcare, which includes improving ACA, working to “integrate our fragmented healthcare delivery systems,” and helping to increase research and innovation.

HITRUST Becomes First Healthcare Information Sharing Organization Connected to DHS Automated Indicator Sharing Program

Health Information Trust Alliance begins exchanging bi-directional cyber threat alerts with the Department of Homeland Security.

AARP, HHS Announce Winners of Challenge to Redesign the Medical Bill for Patients

HHS announces the winner of its “A Bill You Can Understand” design challenge. The challenge awarded two prizes, one for the bill that is easiest to understand, and another for the design that best improves the overall approach to the medical billing system.

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  1. @hillary does not factor the $$$$$$ of the overpriced HIT systems needed to achieve her data nirvanna, but she focuses on costs of drugs that actually save lives and improve qol.

  2. Keith,

    Agree, HIT costs unnecessarily prohibitive. Not enough spent on requirements and system design, too much on coding, fixing and redoing.

    How do we coordinate care without sharing patient data? i missed Hillary overselling it, but every day see people presenting “big data” as a panacea (neglecting to address decades long core issues, e.g. PPID, error-ridden data, etc.). If anyone is guilty of “data nirvana” it’s our industry.

    Some drugs save lives, but we take far too many as a nation. With Medicare Modernization Act (Bush) we gave up rights to negotiate for ANY discounts – ridiculous giveaway – for 40M+ Medicare beneficiaries. Pharma profits are obscene, we’re the only civilized country not to have any price controls (and the excuse about R&D long debunked – much spent on marketing and exec salaries etc.).

    One of the few bipartisan agreements in polls is desire to reduce drug costs, not just further subsidize outrageously priced meds. Pharmas can still have healthy profits, but legislating against discounts for Medicare seems absurd. Not sharing data would cripple us, to do it at reasonable cost is our challenge.

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