Dr. Steven R. Gerst shares information about the latest events surrounding The Affordable Care Act, but stays firm on predictions pertaining to how healthcare delivery will change, and how the field of Health Informatics will continue to grow.
Steven Gerst MD
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) December 24, 2014
There’s a lot going on with The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) these days. With the Republican Party now in control of the Senate as well as the House, a major shakeup begins again for the Affordable Care Act. A lawsuit has been brought against President Obama by the House, which alleges that delays of certain provisions in the ACA have resulted in changes to the law without the approval of Congress. (1) Also, a Supreme Court hearing will take place to weigh the validity of subsidies provided to low income Americans in 2014.(2) However, aside from these government matters, a new open enrollment period has begun for Americans who wish to renew, change, and obtain health insurance through a private insurer or through a state exchange for 2015.
Just as in 2014, no preexisting illness will keep anyone from being eligible to secure a health insurance plan. Americans can shop to compare costs and coverage of various plans offered during the open enrollment period, which takes place between mid November, 2014 through mid February, 2015. Between October 2013 and April 2014, last year’s open enrollment period, over 15 million people acquired new health insurance plans in the U.S., a number that will continue to increase. In order to accommodate this growing number of new patients entering the healthcare system, a major overhaul must take place – the continued development of a mandated electronic system that will deliver improved healthcare services to Americans that is affordable as well as streamlined.
Dr. Steven R. Gerst: The future is bright for health informatics; a thriving field of opportunity lies at the forefront of the modernization of healthcare.
What to expect for those who feel uneasy about the future of healthcare in the United States? Growth and reformation are still predicted in healthcare due to the ACA, even if it is restructured to a certain extent. Health informatics will play a chief role in ensuring continued innovation, expansion of many areas in the healthcare industry’s workforce, and the development of electronic systems that will advance operation and performance in three important areas of healthcare: clinical, economic, and administrative.
The goal of health informatics is to streamline the compilation, organization, and securing of information systems, health records, and patient information in order to optimize the delivery of health care to patients. It also will create consistent and uniform processes for billing, the exchange of medical information between medical professionals, and the storage of medical records and sensitive data. These processes will result in better treatment and medical outcomes for patients, along with improved communication between patients and their providers.
Steven Gerst M.D.: While there are challenges that remain in developing a fully interoperable system, once fully implemented, healthcare, the world’s largest industry, will be transformed.
Dr. Steven Gerst lectures on the new reforms in the Affordable Care Act. He shares his foresight and understanding about what is needed to improve healthcare overall. As a respected expert in the field among his peers, Dr. Steven Gerst has joined the University of Miami as an “Entrepreneur in Residence” to the Miller School of Medicine, U Innovation, Office of Technology Transfer, Office of the Chief Innovation Officer & Vice Provost for Innovation, to develop intellectual property for commercialization.
To learn more about changes happening with the Affordable Care Act, and in the field of health informatics,
1-Case 1:14-cv-01967, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, RMC: UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES vs. SYLVIA MATHEWS BURWELL, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, JACOB J. LEW, and THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ) THE TREASURY
2-Case no. 14-114: KING V. BURWELL, U.S. SUPREME COURT