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Health IT gets a W mention

President Bush yesterday gave a speech on the economy, which I listed to on my trusty XM Radio, which gives me access to the cable news networks on the radio. Anyway, my ears perked up when Bush mentioned health IT:

We're working to expand information technology in the field of medicine. If you've ever looked at the -- the IT part of medicine, you'll be amazed at how backwards it is. It's easier to get information on buying a car than it is on health care items. And that doesn't make any sense. So we've got a goal to computerize medical records that will help make America's health care more transparent and more efficient, which will help patients make rational choices and help doctors save lives.

A shameless plug here, but FCW has launched a government health IT publication that is included in your FCW on a regular basis. (We huddled together and managed to come up with the name, "Government Health IT." We're still working on what we call it day-to-day. Some are calling it G-HIT, but that sounds something like the sound a frog makes. Of course, there is still some debate here about whether we are Federal Computer Week or FCW... and a heated debate about how many angles can dance on the head of a pin!)

Anyway, government health IT appears to be a growing business, so it will be interesting to see where it goes.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Oct 27, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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