Federal EMR budget slashed, switchover delayed?

Andrew Van Dam

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Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism, and he has blogged for Covering Health ever since.

Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz have put together the latest installment in the Huffington Post Investigative Fund’s ongoing look at electronic medical records, this one focusing on how budget cuts could make it more difficult to meet the administration’s targets for nationwide adoption of electronic records.

In May, budget officials estimated they would spend up to $47 billion in stimulus money to help doctors and hospitals purchase the systems. But in a press briefing on Wednesday, officials said that figure had been chopped nearly in half to between $14.1 billion and $27.3 billion.

A program like this has never been done on this national scale,” Tony Trenkle, who directs the office of e-health standards and services for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the Huffington Post Investigative Fund in an interview.

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