The Alton Healthcare team is lead by Ernie Fletcher, M.D. who has nearly 15 years experience in public office at the state legislature, congressional and gubernatorial levels. Alton Healthcare has been active in staying current with the status of electronic health records (EHRs). The health information technology (IT) funding in the economic stimulus package is designed to rush EHR use and ultimately improve the efficiency, quality and safety of health care.
There remains some finalization of the health IT initiative incentives; however, these facts are known:
The legislation contains significant financial incentives, grants and loans to accelerate the adoption of health IT, including up to $44,000-$64,000 per physician and $2-8 million per hospital.
The legislation has specific timelines associated with meaningful use of EHRs. Funds become available for physicians Jan. 1, 2011 and for hospitals Oct. 1, 2010.
Alton Healthcare remains committed to participating in discussions with members of Congress, and the new administration to have a seamless transition for our customers into the new age of healthcare.