General Electric (my employer between 2002-2004) unveiled an interesting program named ‘Bridges to Excellence.’ This program will compensate participating physicians up to $50 per patient in exchanged for instituting IT systemts for patient records, electronic prescription writing, etc. GE estimtates that the $50/patient figure will be about half of the projected savings from the project.
- For more information on GE’s Bridges to Excellence, check out the Wall Street Journal article “Effort Is Widened To Reward Doctors For IT Investment” from May 2004.
- Francois de Brantes is leader of the Bridges to Freedom Project. He recently made three suggestions for health care reform on Matthew Holt’s blog (thehealthcareblog.com).