Unless you have been living under a rock for the last six months, you will have noticed that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are casting votes for the next candidates for our presidential elections in November.

One of the links making the rounds of healthcare-based blogs is this link, which leads to a breakdown of each candidate’s position on healthcare reform. Some interesting points from the above, and the slightly more photogenic health08.org:

  • Hillary Clinton is supporting a “paperless” health information technology system in order to reduce costs.
  • Barack Obama plans to invest $50 billion toward adoption of electronic medical records and other health information technology.
  • Bill Richardson (Tufts grad, w00t!) would reduce spending on health care administration by providing grants for adoption of health information technology.
  • Denis Kucinich, besides creating a Universal Health Plan, would promote an electronic health record to reduce paperwork.
  • And it’s not just a Democrat thing either; Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and John McCain would promote deployment of Health IT and electronic medical records.

You may ask, what’s this all got to do with the OpenClinica clinical trials software? Seeing as how we are partially sponsored by the NIH’s Commercialization Assistance Program, this has quite a bit to do with us. We are focused more and more on the future of electronic data capture, a system that goes hand in hand with electronic health records.

So, as the great American slug-fest we call the Presidential Election 2008 begins, we can look forward to a lively debate about healthcare from all candidates, whether they are red state or blue state.