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Explaining International IT Application Leadership: Health IT

September 22, 2009
| Reports

In this report, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro identifies which countries are leading in the deployment of health IT and highlights lessons that might be useful for other countries. The first section of the report gives an overview of the current state of and trends in health IT adoption in the United States and several other developed countries, particularly focusing on Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The second section of the report identifies the factors that have led to success in these countries and the lessons that can be learned by other nations to drive health IT adoption. Finally, the report concludes with specific recommendations for policymakers to jumpstart progress on health IT in the United States.

The Cost of Privacy: A Debate on the Impact of Privacy Laws on Health IT Adoption

June 22, 2009 - 2:00am - 3:30am
ITIF
1101 K Street
suite 610
Washington, DC
20005

As the Obama Administration moves forward with plans to modernize health care by encouraging the use of electronic medical records (EMR), some parties continue to raise concerns about privacy. Strong privacy laws may help protect confidential patient information and encourage user acceptance. Read more »

Industry Should Help Certify Online Health Records

May 26, 2009
| Blogs & Op-eds

There is no doubt that vendors should play a huge role in developing certification requirements for electronic health record systems.

in silico: How IT is Changing Medical Research

March 17, 2009 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rayburn House Office Building
B-318
Washington, DC
20005

Traditionally, health researchers conduct in vivo or in vitro studies-medical studies using either living organisms or test tubes. But recent advances in IT from processing power to storage have opened up the possibility of conducting in silico studies, or medical studies conducted by computer simulations or computer modeling. Read more »

in silico: How IT is Changing Medical Research

March 17, 2009

Please join ITIF for a conversation with a distinguished panel of experts from some of the leading projects in this field to discuss how IT is shaping medical research. In addition, this event explores possible national strategies to advance these technologies for the benefit of all Americans.

Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Benefits of the IT Revolution

October 2, 2008 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
Room LJ 162

In 2007, ITIF released the groundbreaking report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution that documented how IT, since the mid-1990s, has been the principal driver of increased economic growth not only in the United States but also in many other nations. Read more »

Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Benefits of the IT Revolution

October 1, 2008
| Reports

In the new global economy information technology (IT) is the major driver of both economic growth and improved quality of life. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in its 2007 report Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution documented how IT, since the mid-1990s, has been the principal driver of increased economic growth not only in the United States but also in many other nations. However, IT is also at the core of dramatic improvements in the quality of life for individuals around the world. In our new report, we show how IT is the key enabler of many, if not most, of today’s key innovations and improvements in our lives and society—from better education and health care, to a cleaner and more energy-efficient environment, to safer and more secure communities and nations.

Download a complete copy of the report (PDF)

Table of Contents

Part I – The Digital Information Revolution

Part II – Improving the Lives of Individuals

Part III – Improving our World

Part IV – Challenges Moving Forward

Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

October 26, 2007 - 9:00am - 11:00am
The National Press Club
529 Fourteenth Street, NW
The First Amendment Lounge
Washington, DC
20005

Health information technology promises to transform and modernize our national health care system. President Bush has set a goal of establishing a national health information network by 2014, but currently most Americans do not even have an electronic health record. Congress is now considering legislation on how to ensure the American health care system benefits from IT. Read more »

Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

October 26, 2007
Health information technology promises to transform and modernize our national health care system.

Health information technology promises to transform and modernize our national health care system. President Bush has set a goal of establishing a national health information network by 2014, but currently most Americans do not even have an electronic health record. Congress is now considering legislation on how to ensure the American health care system benefits from IT. Read more »

Improving Health Care: Why a Dose of IT May Be Just What the Doctor Ordered

October 25, 2007
| Reports

Information technology (IT) is a major driver of innovation and economic growth. Health IT promises to revolutionize health care by improving the quality and containing the costs of care. For the American health care system to benefit from advances in IT, it must adopt electronic health records (EHRs). An EHR contains the complete medical history of a patient, including a full listing of illnesses, laboratory tests, treatments, drugs administered, and allergies.

Health IT is not just about merely digitizing medical records to create a paperless office, although doing this will achieve considerable savings-it is also about fundamentally transforming the health care system so that both doctors and patients have access to information and tools that allow them to better manage their care. This new IT-enabled model of health care has the potential to improve preventive health care and chronic disease management and reward medical practices with financial incentives for effective and efficient care. It has the potential to give health care researchers the data they need to identify and deliver best practice care and continuously improve the quality of health care. Finally, health IT has the potential to empower consumers to better understand and manage their own health care conditions, needs, and treatments.

This paper explores the benefits of using information technology in the health care sector, such as reduced medical costs, improved medical care, and increased access to personal health information. It then reviews the obstacles that have prevented the widespread adoption of EHRs and proposes a number of policy recommendations to speed adoption. Specifically, the paper discusses the benefits of establishing independent health record data banks as a sustainable and market-based approach to implementing EHRs. ITIF also recommends other methods to leverage federal resources to speed EHR adoption.

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