The Beacon Community Program – a major project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) – provides funding to 17 selected communities throughout the United States that have made inroads in developing secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange. The Beacon Program supports these communities to improve care coordination, increase quality of care, and slow health care spending growth.
On May 17, the Engelberg Center hosted a forum highlighting various Beacon Community accomplishments and plans for upcoming years. Discussion focused on health IT implementation strategies to accelerate clinical transformation, and how various Beacon communities are advancing broader health care reform efforts. Presenters focused on how health IT and related delivery system improvements are being utilized to increase care coordination and accountability in order to demonstrate feasible paths to higher-quality and lower-cost health care.
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