US Congressman Dr Phil Gingrey has called on his fellow members of Congress to provide tax incentives for doctors who purchase electronic medical records for their practices.
Congressman Gingrey introduced the ADOPT HIT Act, House Resolution 4641, in December 2005. The legislation calls for an increase in the first year equipment deduction from $100,000 to $250,000 and increases the maximum annual total of deductible property from $400,000 to $600,000 for health care professionals that purchase an EHR system.
The future of American healthcare will be determined in part by our adaptation of health information technology, said Congressman Gingrey. Right now, the healthcare sector is woefully behind in using technology to reduce errors. I can go to Antarctica and get cash from an ATM without a glitch, but should I fall ill during my travels, a hospital there couldn’t access my medical records or know what medications I take.