If the Supreme Court strikes down the entire health reform law, there could be some fallout for health IT. States might cancel their IT contracts for health insurance exchanges, the federal government could scrap the ACO program and the transparency initiatives included the overhaul might grind to a halt.
But compared with other components of the reform law, health IT is likely to emerge relatively unscathed.
That’s because the idea of leveraging health IT to improve the country’s health care system historically has drawn support from both sides of the aisle. For example, former Senate majority leaders Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) worked together on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT, which released a report last year about health IT progress under the stimulus package.