House OKs huge health IT boost in stimulus bill

The House-passed version of the economic stimulus bill includes about $21 billion in spending for health IT. The bill, known as H.R. 1 or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, would give Medicare providers up to $41,000 apiece for using certified e-health records technology and reward hospitals and Medicaid providers as well. It also supports health information exchanges, standards development and conformance testing, a chief privacy officer for health IT and other aspects of health IT.