Health IT: Key Facilitator for Health Care Reform?

Friday, March 26, 2010 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Embassy of Sweden
2900 K Street, NW

Join the Embassy of Sweden, Sweden’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation to the opening seminar of the "Health & Care" spring program, hosted by the Embassy of Sweden, Washington, DC through June 6th.

Recognizing the challenges faced in broad implementation of health IT services for patients and health professionals, this seminar explores ways to face these challenges by sharing the vast experiences Sweden and the United States have in this area. High level officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Sweden's Ministry of Health and Social Affairs will address current programs for health care reform in which Health IT is seen as a key facilitator.

A panel discussion will follow, with representatives from the U.S. and Swedish government, European Patients Forum and the OECD. They will explore how health IT can be a catalyst for change and improvement in health care, and try to estimate the cost to health care if existing technologies are not used to their fullest potential. Reinforcing the shift of perspective to ensure broad implementation of health IT services as well as building commitment from the user side are two of the topics to be covered.

For more information, read the OECD report Achieving Efficiency Improvements in the Health Sector through Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies.