An Open Letter to President Obama and the Congress
Please accept my heartfelt congratulations for recognizing health information technology (IT) as one of the most promising targets for public investment at this crucial moment.
As a (formerly practicing) doctor, I’d diagnose our economy on the verge of a Code Blue, and our healthcare system with a more chronic but equally threatening condition. You’ve recognized how these two illnesses interrelate, with spiraling healthcare costs damaging business competitiveness and job losses threatening healthcare coverage. If I may offer a second opinion, I concur 100% with your decision to apply the chest paddles now, charged with $20 billion of investment.
Now I would like to offer this promise: I and my fellow health IT leaders are passionately committed to ensuring that this treatment not only succeeds, but delivers a substantial positive return far exceeding the amount invested. How can we be so confident? Well, even a 1% improvement in the efficiency of our $2.2 trillion healthcare spend would put us in positive payback territory. But we can do better than that, and here’s why: