If Health IT in 2011 Were a Movie

We end 2011 with one more list. If Health IT in 2011 were a movie it would be…

Mission: Impossible. Naysayers said widespread EHR adoption was impossible. November figures reported by the HIT Policy Committee show more like Mission Probable.

The Help. Plenty of government resources this year were made available to help shepherd physicians and hospitals through the EHR incentive programs. The ONC launched its Direct Project pilot program, the 62 RECs swung into full gear, signing up over 100,000  primary care providers, and the new CMS website now provides its educational resources and tutorials in a more comprehensive format.

War Horse. We started the year with David Blumenthal in the saddle as the National Coordinator for Health Informaiton Technology. Farzad Mostashari took the reins in April.

Win Win. 2011 was a banner year in Health IT mergers and acquisitions. Read up on various mergers the first half of the year here. Read our own brief recap for the current quarter.

The Adjustment Bureau. Doubts raised in the accuracy of meaningful use reporting were cemented with GE’s admittance in a letter to its customers in November. Let’s hope vendors are making the needed adjustments.

Super 8. There are lots of great bloggers out there in the health IT space. Here’s eight we think are super: John Halamka, Keith Boone, Brian Ahier, Ron Sterling, Bill Hersh, Mary Pat Whaley, John Lynn and John Moore.

Moneyball. Health IT stocks have jumped a whopping 82% since the passing of ARRA. According to analysts, the combined value of 11 Health IT companies (which include athenahealth, Cerner and McKesson) has increased by at least $20 billion since the stimulus package passed.

Official sites for the movies above

Have a safe and Happy New Year!