July 10, 2009 By News Report
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal yesterday signed the "Electronic Health Records Loan Program" to accelerate the use of health information technology in the state. The act allows the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals authority to apply for federal stimulus money and distribute it as loans to health care providers. The state will provide $5 million, to be matched with $25 million in federal funds if the application is approved. Health care facilities and physicians that use electronic health records will be eligible for enhanced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and those that fail to implement will be penalized with lower reimbursements.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.