What Will the GOP Do In Regards to Health IT–Do They Understand It–Better Get Some Algo Men to Help Explain Those Pr
Posted Nov 05 2010 12:44am
We already had Cloud services shot down by the Senate which is an up front indication of the lack of literacy in how IT supports Healthcare. That was done earlier this year and the fact that it took both houses so long to even think about regulating peer to peer rules for government employees with government computers was a shocker. The cloud service funds were cut back in August and there were many techs and geeks scratching their heads on that move as it stands to save money and energy.
Back in March of 2010 this was where both houses stood in dealing with peer to peer sharing with the Senate suggesting a “warning’ to let others know that sharing was taking place, and we are not talking a VPN or any other type of sophisticated program, just regular videos and music. The good news I guess is that LimeWire is one less now to worry about.
While on the topic, maybe some classes in working with pdf’s could in line here too as the GOP Pledge was written in this format and somebody didn’t know how to remove the personal information and thus the staff members who created it were clearly shown, all former lobbyists identified so that’s where the pledge came from and Rachel Maddow did a good job on that one with names and images and more. There’s a video at the link below that tells the whole story and shows all the images and names. I can almost bet this one won’t happen again.
So what are they going to do with Health IT? I hope they give it some thought and maybe get some Algo Men to explain how all this works before they speak and say too much to avoid embarrassment on the topic. There’s a lot at stake here and the CEO and CFO over at Walgreens have already spoke their piece in saying that their data and algorithms are all in motion and that a repeal would wreck their business systems that were put in place by technologists.
Talk can be out there to get votes but now the real work and Health IT questions come into play. Algorithms are not out there growing on trees anymore and there’s a ton of work to setting up systems, just ask any hospital CIO today and they can explain too how you just don’t make quick moves in IT anymore. In essence we are voting for the algorithmic formulas anymore to run our systems more than the candidates it seems, or that is the reality of what happens when all the yelling and screaming is done. Maybe in time we may just be voting for the Algos and not the people <grin>, that is said in jest here, but I think now more than ever as a Congressman it will be more of a liability to not take time and learn up as the consumers are getting up to par and frustration will linger if not, as this is “not just for those guys over there’ anymore. I think this is partly due to what we saw out there this year too with some of the insanity and old stands from the 70s re-appearing as they were not quite sure what else to talk about at times or take a stand on. At any rate I’m glad the insane politics of running for an office are done for a while and hope we do not see another election year like this one again as we can do better than that.
It’s not Superman, Spiderman or even Wonder Woman that creates solutions and become our heroes, it’s the “Algo Men” with all the data, algorithms and wisdom for innovation. We need this to speak with and regulate Wall Street, otherwise all the talk in the world does nothing. BD
Two veteran observers of Capitol Hill don't see major health information technology policy changes coming following the Nov. 2 election and change of power in the U.S. House, but there could be some tweaking.
Most folks in Washington haven't centered on the I.T. piece of health policy as reform got much more publicity and attention, says Dan Rode, vice president of policy and government relations at the American Health Information Management Association. "That said, there will be a situation in the House where all expenditures will be looked at very closely," he cautions.
Information technology provisions in Accountable Care Act to reform health care could be more affected by the GOP takeover of the House. Republicans are paying far more attention to reform than HITECH, Barnes notes. But for all the bluster during the election season, Republicans will have limited ability to change the reform law because they don't control the Senate and President Obama still has a veto pen.