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The Future Role of Government in Health IT and Digital Health

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye St NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Since the enactment of the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, adoption of health information technology (IT) has become widespread, with about 90 percent or more of the nation’s hospitals and physicians having adopted electronic health records (EHRs). At the same time, the field of digital health has exploded. Innovations in technology have extended well beyond EHRs, including use of data to assess, manage, and predict health outcomes; algorithms and artificial intelligence which harness data from devices and technologies to inform clinical and patient decision-making; and new electronic methods for delivering care and managing health.

Health IT Now and BPC convened a work group including organizations representing clinicians, patients, hospitals and health systems, and technology companies to assess the current regulatory landscape, identify the most pressing needs of users, and develop consensus recommendations for the future role of government in a post-Meaningful Use era and a rapidly evolving delivery system and technology environment.

These recommendations, detailed in a new report The Future Role of Government in Health Information Technology and Digital Health, are designed to build upon and inform current federal government efforts to reduce burden and advance regulatory reforms to drive better health outcomes.

Join BPC and Health IT Now as we release principles and recommendations for the future role of government in health IT and digital health and discuss ways to accelerate innovation and advance technology that supports higher quality, safer, patient-centered care.

Keynote remarks by:

Don Rucker, MD
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services 

Panel discussion with:

Jim N. Jirjis, MD, MBA, FACP
Vice President and Chief Health Information Officer, HCA Healthcare

Janet Marchibroda
Director, Health Innovation Initiative, BPC

Lucia Savage
Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer, Omada Health

Steven Waldren, MD
Director, Alliance for eHealth Innovation, American Academy of Family Physicians

Joel White
Executive Director, Health IT Now

John Wylam
Manager, Advocacy, National MS Society

Stephanie Zaremba
Director of Government Affairs, athenahealth


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