I’m a political junkie so I look forward to the State of the Union address as much as Christmas. Working in the healthcare industry, I’m particularly interested in what the president will say about healthcare and electronic health records.
The State of the Union address is basically a laundry list of the administration’s top priorities for the coming year, so analysts will be paying a lot of attention to what gets mentioned – or not. Clearly climate change will get a starring role on Tuesday night, but will EHRs get a nod?
Electronic health records have been referenced in every State of the Union address but two since 2004. If the president even mentions them in passing, it’s an indication that full implementation will be continue to be a major policy and funding priority for Health and Human Services. If they don’t get mentioned but some new healthcare initiative is raised instead, it’s a sign that EHRs and Meaningful Use could get pushed back further in the timeline.
The State of the Union address begins at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. It will be broadcast on every major network but if you don’t have tv, you can watch it streaming online on any number of news sites and also from the White House site.
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