Friday, May 18, 2012

An Important Status Update on Heath IT In the US. More Than Worth A Download.

The Markel Newsletter pointed me to a really interesting report:
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Health Information Technology in the United States:Driving Toward Delivery System Change, 2012

From the abstract: "Health information technology (HIT) has become central to health care reform policy-making due to its potential to improve efficiency and increase the quality of health care in the United States. Adoption of these technologies has remained a priority of the federal government as evidenced by incentive programs enacted through legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Since the inaugural report of Health Information Technology in the United States, released in 2006, the authors have found slow, steady increases in the level of adoption for physicians and hospitals throughout the United States. Now, as these incentive programs and other reform initiatives begin implementation, they continue to track the progress of the nation’s health care system toward universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Mirroring the emphasis at the federal level on the use of this technology in a way that has the greatest potential to improve the overall quality and efficiency of care, this report expands on their previous analysis by investigating health care providers’ readiness to meet program requirements and explores the role of HIT in other health care reform initiatives." Read more
The entry is found here:
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Health Information Technology in the United States

Driving Toward Delivery System Change, 2012

Published: April 2012

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Health information technology (HIT) has become central to health care reform policy-making due to its potential to improve efficiency and increase the quality of health care in the United States. Adoption of these technologies has remained a priority of the federal government as evidenced by incentive programs enacted through legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Since the inaugural report of Health Information Technology in the United States, released in 2006, the authors have found slow, steady increases in the level of adoption for physicians and hospitals throughout the United States. Now, as these incentive programs and other reform initiatives begin implementation, they continue to track the progress of the nation’s health care system toward universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Mirroring the emphasis at the federal level on the use of this technology in a way that has the greatest potential to improve the overall quality and efficiency of care, this report expands on their previous analysis by investigating health care providers’ readiness to meet program requirements and explores the role of HIT in other health care reform initiatives.
This page is found here:
If you want to know in 70 or so pages just where the US is in e-Health in 2012 this is for you! It covers the incentive program for EHR adoption, Health Information Exchange, lessons learnt and a whole lot more from a group who really know what is going on.
Vital stuff with some lessons for OZ about bottom up and top down that are worth thinking about carefully!
David.

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