‘Sadly, all well-intentioned attempts to enhance productivity and improve the ongoing health of our overall economy cannot succeed, if we don’t improve the future health of Canadians,’ says Brown.. 2010 Federal Budget lacks substantive funding to get heart health initiatives: HSF concerned The Center and Stroke Base is concerned with having less any substantive funding in support of heart health initiatives as outlined in today’s 2010 Federal Budget. ‘The government claims the budget is about fiscal sustainability and economic growth and at the same time will virtually nothing at all to handle the tidal wave of chronic diseases facing this country,’ says Sally Brown, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.Health plans that comprehensive CORE Phase II certification can exchange data better, thereby improving performance and freeing up time for physicians to focus more on their patients. CORE Stage II certification by Aetna and WellPoint represents a turning stage in this voluntary industry-driven effort to advance health care interoperability. A CAQH study by IBM Global Business Services issued earlier this season found that industry-wide execution of the CORE Stage I rules only could yield $3 billion in healthcare cost savings. Widespread adoption of the Phase II rules and subsequent phases of CORE will result in sustained savings for stakeholders across the industry.