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.