Free IT For Doctors, Updated – New York’s Using It For Those Who Treat the Poor

April 17, 2007

I’ve written about the potential market for IT in the primary care physician arena before (here and here, for example). There is a substantial need for solutions in this arena, and for those that can serve other physician specialties too.

That’s apparently part of the thinking behind New York City’s $19.8 million grant for physician systems that integrate clinical and billing/administrative functions. They’re starting with docs who treat Medicaid patients and the uninsured. That’s a good place to start.

Washington DC has decided to do something similar, starting with eight community health clinics and moving into local hospitals.

I haven’t looked at these particular apps, and I worry about ongoing R&D and support under this model – but I’ll keep watching. And I’m betting there are creative ways to enhance an app of this kind that these programs haven’t yet considered.

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