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Carla Smith, HIMSS

HIMSS launches library, collection point for HIT success stories

By Joseph Conn
Posted: July 16, 2013 - 2:15 pm ET

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has launched an online library and collection point for health information technology success stories. The goal is to help healthcare organizations calculate return on investment for their HIT systems.

“We must understand how these investments are paying off,” said Carla Smith, HIMSS executive vice president at a news conference in Washington on Tuesday to launch the site. She said it “offers taxonomy to facilitate that discussion.”

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The announcement comes as the federal government's substantial investment in health information technology—$15.1 billion thus far—is coming under question by members of Congress as well as those within the healthcare industry.

HIMSS' Health IT Value Suite was “designed to identify, classify and then discuss the many known examples of health IT value,” Smith said.

The site organizes value in five classifications of return on investment—satisfaction, treatment, electronic data and information, prevention and safety, Smith said. She called on members of the healthcare community to use the site to contribute their own stories about their returns on investment in healthcare IT.

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