As I was folding laundry, I was watching the 2006 State of the Union address by President George Bush on TV earlier this evening. I wasn’t really paying much attention because of the rhetoric about freedom, peace, fighting terrorism, and building a strong economy. But, when Pres. Bush started talking about healthcare, I was surprised at what he said.
“We will make wider use of electronic records and other health information technology, to help control costs and reduce dangerous medical errors“.
Whoah! Now that’s what I call making a statement. In a previous post, I noted how Canadian politicians don’t seem to be aware of ehealth and some of the issues and challenges of using more technology in health care. I may not agree with some of the strategies of the American system, but I have to admit that the government is taking a leadership role to make electronic health records a reality.