Investing in health information technology is doomed to fail if it's treated as a pure technology implementation program, authors of a new health IT report said during a teleconference sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
The billions of dollars in health IT investment authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 presents a landmark opportunity to catalyze improvement of our nations healthcare system, according to the report, A Historic Opportunity: Wedding Health Information Technology to Care Delivery Innovation and Provider Payment Reform. However, if the funds are simply used for the sake of technology adoption, health IT is not going to work, said Judy Feder, senior fellow with the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
Report authors Peter Basch, medical director for ambulatory clinical systems with MedStar Health, and Todd Park, senior fellow with the Center for American Progress Action Fund, emphasized that stimulus funds should be specifically used to establish a results-oriented standard for the meaningful use of health IT, and accelerate provider payment reforms. Market incentives for healthcare providersand to health IT vendorsshould be revamped to reward the delivery of higher-quality, more efficient healthcare, the report stated.