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Explaining International IT Application Leadership

September 15, 2011
| Reports
In this series of reports, ITIF explores international IT application leadership in four fields: health IT, mobile payments, intelligent transportation systems, and electronic IDs. Each of these reports provides a broad overview of the technology, identifies which countries lead in the field, explains why the leaders have made the progress they have (and conversely why others lag), and offers recommendations for how federal and state governments can accelerate the deployment of the technology.

The Role of Information Technology in Medical Research

October 12, 2009
| Reports

Using information technology (IT) to modernize our health care system will lead to improvements in medical research. Health informatics will allow medical researchers to determine the effectiveness of a particular treatment for a given population or to discover the harmful side-effects of a drug. While some of this research will occur in the private sector, public investment in this area will play a major role. This report finds that both the United States and the United Kingdom commit roughly the same percentage of total public medical research funds to health informatics. However, the United Kingdom is uniquely positioned to benefit from advancements in health informatics research because it is significantly ahead of the United States in its transition to electronic health records among primary care providers. More importantly, the National Health Service (NHS) has made an important strategic decision to emphasize medical research as one of its core missions. Thus, as the NHS continues to develop its IT infrastructure, it will be able to make technical upgrades and policy changes to improve information sharing and its information base for research. The United States currently lacks the capacity being developed by the NHS to turn its existing or future electronic health records into a usable database for medical research. To benefit from the full potential of health informatics, the United States should develop the capability to share medical data for authorized research in a timely and efficient manner.

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Explaining International IT Application Leadership: Health IT

September 22, 2009 - 10:30am - 12:15pm
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Although it has been more than five years since President Bush set a goal of establishing electronic health records for all Americans, the United States has seen slow progress on health IT adoption. Yet many other countries that faced similar challenges have made much faster progress. Read more »

Explaining International IT Application Leadership: Health IT

September 22, 2009

This event releases a new ITIF study “Explaining International Health IT Leadership” that explores the lessons nations can learn from the global leaders in health IT adoption. The report helps answer the questions, “Which countries are leading in health IT adoption, what explains their success, and what lessons can the United States learn from these leaders?” ITIF will be joined by a panel of experts from some of the leading countries to discuss their experience with health IT.

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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.

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