Health Care IT: Obamacare Decision: 10 Ways the Ruling Could Stimulate Health Care IT

By Brian T. Horowitz  |  Posted 2012-07-10 Print this article Print
The rise of health insurance exchanges

The rise of health insurance exchanges

With citizens required to sign up for health insurance or face a penalty, up to 33 million more Americans will acquire health insurance by 2021 according to PwC. This demand will lead to the development of Web-based health insurance exchange (HIX) platforms like those developed by Oracle and Microsoft. Under ACA, the states must begin open enrollment for HIXes by October 2013 and full operations by January 2014.


IT industry experts are predicting the United States Supreme Court 5-4 decision on June 28 upholding the Obama administration's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will cause a surge in the adoption of health care IT, particularly by small health care providers. With citizens required to purchase health insurance or face a penalty, 30 million more people may join health plans by 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office. With the increased volume of people going to the doctor, being admitted to hospitals, undergoing radiological tests and filling prescriptions, the health care industry will have an increased need for analytics, big data and IT infrastructure such as virtual clouds, Dave Dimond, chief strategist for health care at EMC, told eWEEK. As doctors form accountable care organizations (ACOs) to collaborate with a team over the course of a patient's life and receive incentives based on outcomes, sharing of electronic health records (EHRs) will enable physicians to maintain this collaboration. In addition, care coordination as part of patient-centered medical homes could require telehealth services and remote-monitoring using mobile devices. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the needs for health care IT innovation that may result from Obamacare and the Supreme Court decision.

Brian T. Horowitz is a freelance technology and health writer as well as a copy editor. Brian has worked on the tech beat since 1996 and covered health care IT and rugged mobile computing for eWEEK since 2010. He has contributed to more than 20 publications, including Computer Shopper, Fast Company,, More, NYSE Magazine, Parents,, USA Weekend and, as well as other consumer and trade publications. Brian holds a B.A. from Hofstra University in New York.

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