Monday, March 22, 2010

How will the healthcare bill affect medicine?

(The traditional way of managing medical records)
From "10 things you need to know about the healthcare bill":

The bill includes incentives to use more electronic medical records, which should make healthcare more efficient and effective. It would set up pilot programs for medical malpractice tort reform. Community health clinics, which help serve people who often don't have access to other forms of care, would get more funding. Medicare payments would be linked to quality of care, which should shift more providers toward evidence-based standards to see how well treatments work.

Other pilot programs would be set up to study how to improve public health in general, and improve care for people with chronic diseases, rural patients and other groups. The goal is to improve the quality of care while holding the costs down.

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