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Report: Much work still needed to achieve widespread use of computerized patient records

Transforming Health Care: The Role of Health IT Bipartisan Policy, Center Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT, January 2012

  • “Health information technology (IT) plays a critical role in supporting new models of care and payment that are designed to achieve health care’s triple aim: improve health, improve the experience of care for patients and families, and reduce the cost of care. Despite the introduction of IT to nearly every other aspect of modern life, the U.S. health care system remains largely paper-based. Greater use of health IT enjoys bipartisan support. The authorization of up to $30 billion to support health IT under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 has spurred significant private sector investment to further increase the use of health IT. Most of these funds are for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, known informally as “Meaningful Use,” that reward clinicians and hospitals when they use EHRs in specific meaningful ways to improve care. Studying the common attributes of the nation’s highest performing health care organizations can help shape public policy and investment decisions regarding health IT.”
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