Obamacare IT: Disaster, Opportunity, or Both?

Obamacare IT: Disaster, Opportunity, or Both?

Obamacare is more than a mandate that everyone buy insurance now that they can't be denied for pre-existing conditions. It's full of attempts to rein in long-term health-care spending by bending the cost curve. One such strategy is increasing the use of health-care IT.

For example, hospital adoption of electronic health records, or EHRs, was under 10% back in 2008, and now it's closing in on 50% at an accelerating clip. However those with a comprehensive EHR solution are still under 20%.

In this video, health-care analyst David Williamson discusses how Obamacare's HITECH Act is creating interesting developments in the marketplace, as well as potential investment opportunities to take advantage of this technological revolution.

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