Slideshow: Is health IT held hostage to politics?

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  • President Bush steps up in support of health IT

    For so many years, healthcare IT has enjoyed full bipartisan support. Now, a recent call from House Republican leaders for a halt to the meaningful use incentive program - so close to the election - begs the question: does health IT ever get caught up in political warfare? Take an historic look at party stands on healthcare IT over the past eight years.

    In 2004, President George W. Bush called for the widespread adoption of electronic health records within 10 years, doubling funding to $100 million for federal demonstration projects on healthcare IT, and creating a new sub-Cabinet position of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, by executive order. Above, he visits with staff at St. Luke's Health System in Lee's Summit, Mo. in 2007, as he continued his push for health IT.