If we are to significantly improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in our nation, we must employ the power of health information technology (IT). New delivery and payment models that demonstrate improvements in cost and quality require robust IT to succeed. This includes electronic health records, clinical decision support and other software that is designed to inform clinical decision-making. Now, a new set of principles, created with bipartisan and broad stakeholder support, promises to help guide health IT development and use in ways that promote patient safety.
As co-chairmen of the<strong> Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Project</strong>, our mission is to enable public- and private-sector leaders to develop workable, bipartisan solutions that address current challenges in the U.S. healthcare system. Over the last four months, the Bipartisan Policy Center has engaged a wide range of experts and stakeholders to develop a set of principles and recommendations for an oversight framework for health IT. The results of this work will be released Feb. 13.