The patient as a focal point is emerging as a significant driver in healthcare transformation. A focus on customers in the digital space (involving smart phones and apps), and bringing enabling customers to engage in the heavy lifting (such as scheduling travel, checking in for flights, or ordering Uber) is motivating change in the healthcare space.
What is health information technology?
How can it transform the practice of healthcare? What is happening to facilitate the adoption and use of Health IT? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and more with Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
As I wrote on October 23, the government faces many challenges in implementing successful health care information exchanges that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery. This first follow-up post discusses the importance of standards and interoperability to this effort, and leading work done by the government to promote such efforts.
Now that adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has moved forward, and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) are following suit, what lies ahead for national healthcare? How does the government leverage its investment in digitizing the healthcare industry?