Jan. 27, 2012
Despite the introduction of IT to nearly every other aspect of modern life, the U.S. health care system remains largely paper-based. 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. The task force has identified six such attributes:
- An organization-wide focus on the needs of the patient
- Strong organizational and clinical leadership
- Access to information to support efficient, coordinated care
- Timely access to care
- Emphasis on prevention, wellness and healthy behaviors
- Accountability, alignment of incentives, and payment reform
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