Health Information Technology in the United States

Moving Toward Meaningful Use, 2010

Health information technology (HIT) has the potential to revolutionize the delivery of health care. This report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Information Technology in the United States: Moving Toward Meaningful Use, 2010, builds on our previous work with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to design and deploy standardized measures of electronic health record adoption. ONC will use a portion of this year’s report as its mandated report to Congress on the status of HIT adoption per the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

The report found that, despite the promise, health information technology (HIT) offers and the investment of Federal resources, wide-spread adoption of HIT by hospitals and doctors continues to be slower than expected. However, the report also points out that adoption will likely accelerate as a result of financial incentives included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s reliance on electronically generated data for quality improvement. It also includes a special look at the meaningful use criteria and the extent to which HIT is being used for quality reporting and care improvement.

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