Following President Bush’s State of the Union rallying call to promote technology in healthcare, Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has announced plans to invest $20 million in a new health information network.
His intention is to develop a real-time patient health information system that would reduce health care costs by eliminating duplicated tests and procedures. The network would also serve as a solid basis for a future digitizing of patient records, a system currently in vogue across the US.
While the proposal has been met with general enthusiasm, some residents of Rhode Island are concerned that any greater spending on IT in healthcare will result in cuts in other services such as education.
No timeframe has yet been established for the project.