May 20

Past Event

Health IT and Health Reform: Linking Incentives to Drive Accountability and Value

Event Materials

Video

Highlights

  • Mark B. McClellan

    Dr. McClellan kicks off the discussion, noting the unique opportunity to promote health IT in the broader spectrum of health care reform.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Delivering on the Promise of Health IT

    The event''s first panel discusses the importance of learning from ongoing initiatives in advancing health IT practices.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • Putting Health IT to Use

    The event''s second panel discusses whether new incentives will encourage the adoption of health IT.

    Mark B. McClellan

  • David Blumenthal

    Dr. Blumenthal offers keynote remarks as the recently appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

  • Mark B. McClellan

    Dr. McClellan offers closing remarks and outlines next steps for the future of health IT.

    Mark B. McClellan

Summary

Health information technology (IT) holds considerable promise for improving how health care is delivered in the United States, but much of that promise remains unfulfilled. However, as the Obama administration looks to reform health care, encouraging signs point to the potential for health IT to play a significant role in changing the current system. A May 20 forum hosted by the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings, in cooperation with the Markle Foundation, addressed strategies for coordinating recently enacted health IT incentives with other promising approaches to improving health care delivery.

The forum addressed the effective implementation of the stimulus funds dedicated to driving “meaningful use” of health IT. With both important Medicare legislation and broader health care reforms being considered this year, these funds will have maximum impact only if they are coordinated with other measures to improve quality and build greater accountability into the health care system. The discussion drew on lessons learned from a range of ongoing health IT initiatives – including the most promising models for sustainable and scalable implementation – and present viable strategies for achieving higher-value health care. 
 

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

    • Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/mcclellanm.aspx">Mark B. McClellan</a>

      Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

  • Panel One: Delivering on the Promise of HIT - Lessons Learned from Ongoing Initiatives

    • Moderator: Carol Diamond

      Managing Director, The Markle Foundation

    • Ron Paulus

      Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Geisinger Health System

    • Peter Neupert

      Corporate Vice President, Health Solutions Group/Microsoft

    • Hunt Blair

      Deputy Director for Health Care Reform, Office of Vermont Health Access, Agency of Human Services

    • Neil Calman

      President and CEO, The Institute for Family Health

  • Panel Two: Putting Health IT to Use- Will New Incentives Work?

    • Moderator: John Tooker

      Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Physicians

    • Jennifer Covich Bordenick

      Interim CEO, eHI

    • Jonathan Perlin

      President, Clinical Services and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Corporation of America

    • John Toussaint

      President and Founder, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value

      Chair, Wisconsin Health Information Organization

    • Deven McGraw

      Director, Health Privacy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology

  • Keynote Address: Perspectives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

    • David Blumenthal

      National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Closing Remarks and Next Steps

    • Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/experts/mcclellanm.aspx">Mark B. McClellan</a>

      Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Details

May 20, 2009

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW

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