I love how people are saying that $18 billion will be spent on EHR adoption due to what has been dubbed the HITECH act. My question is how did they come up with the $18 billion number? I guess you could say that it’s the max that the government has permitted to be spent. However, if that’s the case, then shouldn’t people be saying that $18 billion MIGHT be spent to stimulate EHR adoption?
Seriously, what if doctors don’t like any of the certified EHR (whatever that turns out to be) and decide not to implement an EHR? What if Medicaid and Medicare make “meaningful EMR use” so difficult to achieve that most doctors who implement an EHR don’t actual see the stimulus from the government?
I’m not trying to say that the government isn’t going to pay our billions of dollars to those who have implemented an EHR. I have a feeling that billions will be paid out as medicare and medicaid bonuses. However, I don’t know how they got the number of $18 billion. For all we know, it could end up being $2 billion.
Plus, we have to ask ourselves the purpose of the HITECH act. Many have said that it’s to “stimulate EHR adoption.” I have a strong feeling that those existing EHR users will be the ones who benefit most. If $15 billion of the $18 billion allocated goes to existing EHR users, then that doesn’t sound like a good investment used to increase EHR adoption to me.