Healthcare Reform Effect on Healthcare IT

The general belief is that increased adoption of technology will lead to what Don Berwick at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement has called the triple aim.7

• Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction)

• Improving the health of populations

• Reducing the per-capita cost of healthcare

Unfortunately, the federal government has limited ways in which it can affect the adoption of HIT. It can regulate and mandate the use of technologies, encourage use through payments and incentives, fund research and education of IT professionals, and change the way in which it reimburses healthcare costs to encourage new patterns of care that leverage technology. At the moment, the ...

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