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Recently passed health care reform legislation, together with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provides an unprecedented opportunity to transform our current care delivery system into a high-value health care system. Making more effective—or “enhanced”—use of the health information routinely collected in the delivery of patient care can improve both individual patient care and overall population health through better quality reporting and performance measurement, public health surveillance, and evidence development.

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On May 14, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings hosted a forum to identify practical solutions for advancing enhanced use of electronic health information on a national scale and examine best practices of organizations already engaged in such effective use. Experts and key stakeholders discussed concrete steps for further supporting enhanced use on a broader scale in light of recent legislation.

Event Agenda

  • 9:00 a.m. - Welcome and Remarks

  • 9:20 a.m. - Dialogue: Promoting Enhanced Use of Health Information

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      Mark B. McClellan

      Director, Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative

      Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Farzad Mostashari

      Senior Advisor for Policy and Programs, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    • Respondent: John Halamka

      Chief Information Officer, Harvard Medical School;

      Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cente

    • Respondent: Amanda Parsons

      Assistant Commissioner, Primary Care Information Project

      New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • 10:00 a.m. - Panel One: Compelling Models for Enhanced Use

    • James Walker

      Chief Health Information Officer, Geisinger Health System

    • Robert Steffel

      President and Chief Executive Officer, HealthBridge

    • David Patterson

      State Health Information Technology Coordinator, South Carolina Health Information Exchange;

      Chief, Office of Research & Statistics, South Carolina Budget and Control Board

    • John Steiner

      Senior Director, Institute for Health Research,

      Kaiser Permanente; HMO Research Network

    • Mike Raymer

      General Manager, Microsoft Health Solutions Group

      Enterprise Product Management

  • 11:30 a.m. - Panel Two: Implications for Policy

    • Andrew McLaughlin

      Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science & Technology Policy

    • Carol Diamond

      Managing Director, Health Program

      Markle Foundation

    • Landen Bain

      Director, Clinical Data Interchange Standards

      Consortium Healthlink Program

    • Andrew Webber

      President and Chief Executive Officer

      National Business Coalition on Health

  • 12:30 p.m. - Summary and Closing Remarks


May 14, 2010

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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