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President’s Vision for Health IT

In April 2004, President George W. Bush revealed his vision for the future of healthcare in the United States. The President's plan involves a health care system that puts the needs of the patient first, is more efficient, and is cost-effective. The President's plan is based on the following tenets:

  • Medical information will follow consumers so that they are at the center of their own care
  • Consumers will be able to choose physicians and hospitals based on clinical performance results made available to them
  • Clinicians will have a patient's complete medical history, computerized ordering systems, and electronic reminders
  • Quality initiatives will measure performance and drive quality-based competition in the industry
  • Public health and bioterrorism surveillance will be seamlessly integrated into care
  • Clinical research will be accelerated and post-marketing surveillance will be expanded.

Together, these tenets will revolutionize healthcare, making it more consumer-centric, and will improve both the quality and the efficiency of healthcare in the United States.

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"We have hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many of the soldiers would arrive without records in Germany, with no record of the CAT scans or what happened in surgery in Afghanistan or Iraq. The clinicians in Germany would have to re-operate on the patient, would have to redo all their x-ray evaluations, CAT scans, etc...." ~ Colonel John Holcomb

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