ERIC Number: ED462968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Health Care through Information Technology. Report to the President.
Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.; National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, VA.
This is one in a series of reports to the President and Congress developed by the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) on key contemporary issues in information technology. This report argues that significant improvements in health care would be possible if modern clinical information systems were widely implemented and a sound national health information infrastructure were in place. Challenges to realizing the vision of new technologies providing opportunities for improving health care are discussed in terms of six findings: lack of an accepted national vision; critical long-term issues not addressed; decision-support systems needed; too few bioinformatics professionals; reliance on outside innovations; and Department of Health and Human Services issues. These findings are followed by six recommendations: establish pilot projects and Enabling Technology Centers to extend practical uses of information technology to health care systems and biomedical research; NIH, in close collaboration with other agencies, should design and deploy a scalable national computing and information infrastructure to support the biomedical research community; congress should enhance existing privacy rules by enacting legislation that assures sound practices for managing personally identifiable health information of any kind; establish programs to increase the pool of biomedical research and health care professionals with training at the intersection of health and information technology; the Data Council of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) should outline its vision for using information technology to improve health care in this country and subsequently devote the necessary resources to do the basic information technology research critical to accomplishing these goals in the long term; and DHHS should appoint a senior information technology leader to provide strategic leadership across DHHS and focus on the importance of information technology in addressing problems in health care. (AEF)
Descriptors: Health Services, Information Systems, Information Technology, Medical Care Evaluation, National Programs, Program Improvement
National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite II-405, Arlington, VA 22230. Tel: 703-292-4873; Fax: 703-292-9097; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.itrd.gov. For full text available: http://www.hpcc.gov/pubs/index.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.; National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: United States