Health information technology (HIT) plays a vital role in the delivery of high quality, cost-effective health care, yet many providers still struggle with the implementation and use of their HIT systems. To address this problem, Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to offer incentives to physicians and hospitals to meet meaningful use guidelines for HIT. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) further encourages providers to use HIT systems to increase access to care and to improve care coordination and communication with patients.
A new report, Beyond Meaningful Use: Perspectives on HIT Progress in California, summarizes the views of more than 20 California stakeholders on the following topics:
- Progress and setbacks on the road to HIT adoption
- How HIT use has evolved under health reform
- The future of HIT implementation and use?
In the report, public and private payers and HIT experts reflect on their use of HIT to address key tenets of the ACA: access to care, care coordination, efficiency and effectiveness, patient engagement, and population health.
To read more, access the full report here.