Patient privacy, the role of states in health information exchange, the effects health reform may have on health information technology adoption—these topics were all fair game when David Brailer, M.D., the first head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, sat down to talk with David Blumenthal, M.D., who currently holds the post, for a newly published interview that appears in the April issue of Health Affairs.
Brailer interviews Blumenthal on privacy, standards
Brailer questioned Blumenthal on a variety of issues including the uncertain role the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel will play in developing and deploying new standards, the role of the ONC in drug development and research, and the effects of clinical decision support on quality of care.
Blumenthal predicted that healthcare reform, as it looks now, would greatly accelerate the pace of health IT adoption by making providers more attentive to issues related to quality and performance, and he conceded that reimbursement reform that gave incentives for quality and efficiency would drive adoption even further. He also said that despite hurdles, widespread acceptance of health IT as part of daily clinical practice is fast-approaching and inevitable.
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