The effective adoption and use of health information technology can provide significant support for broader efforts to reform health care in the United States, plus reduce health care costs and medical errors. Brookings experts explore the benefits of health IT and, in particular, how it can improve the quality of health care, and make the system more cost-effective in the long term.
Geisinger Health System nurse Linda Wilson (front) and other nurses enter and review patient medical information in the Geisinger Health System electronic health records at the Geisinger Clinic in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, October 29, 2009. At Geisinger, all parties - patients, physicians, nurses, administrators, and the internal insurance plan - have timely access to each patient's medical history. The system, which has cost about $100 million since it was installed in the mid-1990s, is designed to prevent duplication of procedures and improve the coordination of care. Picture taken October 29, 2009.
Could Better Electronic Health Records Have Prevented the First American Ebola Case?
October 14, 2014, Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West
The potential benefits of electronic records are game changing. At a recent Brookings event on connectivity in healthcare many of the panelists agreed that the U.S. will develop a solution that meets its unique needs. In the future a federated data model could solve many of the problems discussed here. Such a system would allow users to search multiple databases quickly and safely. Currently such a plan is technically and politically difficult. Though serious problems persist, the future of health records may include far less paper.
October 9, 2014
August 19, 2014, Niam Yaraghi
August 6, 2014, Darrell M. West and Niam Yaraghi
August 5, 2014, Darrell M. West and Niam Yaraghi
July 28, 2014, Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell M. West
July 24, 2014, Martha Ross, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka and Jane R. Williams
July 9, 2014, Niam Yaraghi
June 17, 2014, Hillary Schaub
June 12, 2014, Martha Ross
May 30, 2014, Darshak Sanghavi and Joshua Bleiberg
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Darrell M. West
Vice President and Director, Governance Studies
Founding Director, Center for Technology Innovation
Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
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