HHS releases report at Summit on Health Information Technology
In July, more than 1,300 technology and health leaders attended the Secretarial Summit on Health Information Technology. At the conference, HHS released a report, “The Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-rich Health Care,” prepared by David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D. The report outlines four major goals and strategic action plans for reaching those goals. It stresses the need to bring information to the point of care, interconnect physicians and hospitals with interoperable electronic health record systems, give patients access to their medical records, and use health-related technology to track and measure quality of care. In addition, the report identified potential policy options for providing incentives for using electronic health records and three phases of implementing the action plan. More information about the conference and a summary of the report are available online at http://www.hhs.gov/onchit/framework/hitframework/vision-for-consumer.html.
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