Barack Obama and key members of Congress say they want to jumpstart efforts on health information technology by including it in the stimulus package. The idea is to bypass budget rules that would make it harder to spend the money later. Obama has proposed investing $10 billion a year for five years to move toward standards-based electronic health care systems. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said in December that he also favored including some HIT money in an economic stimulus bill, but that Obama's number might be a little high. What do you see as the pros or cons of including $10 billion a year for health information technology in the stimulus package? Are there any reasons to be cautious about moving forward with this initiative?
-- Marilyn Werber Serafini, NationalJournal.com