State of the Union address 2006 and ehealth

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.

Bush 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.