Interoperable data exchange is essential to healthcare transformation. The ability to efficiently and securely exchange health information among healthcare stakeholders is fundamental to promoting patient safety, achieve quality outcomes, and control costs. Interoperability and standardization of data and transmission rules are essential to exchange of health information.
Health IT is critical to improving quality of healthcare. Measuring and reporting actual care delivered and clinical outcomes in accordance with established clinical quality measures is a critical component of any substantive, impactful healthcare transformation effort. Consistent clinical quality measures (CQMs) across federally mandated programs must be defined nationally against which quality of care delivery can be measured and assessed in order to support essential quality improvements and cost containment measures.
Health IT is stimulating the U.S. economy. Health IT supports workforce development in the U.S. and exports opportunities abroad. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a need for thousands of new health IT jobs over the next decade. Workforce development programs include community colleges, university-based, and non-profit programs. Programs must also make use of internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships that give students and transitioning professionals a real-world experience. Federal agencies working with U.S. companies, healthcare organizations, and non-profit associations can document lessons and best practices from the Meaningful Use Program and apply them to overseas markets.
Let's create a common vocabulary on health IT value – to engage all stakeholders. HIMSS Health IT Value Suite provides a robust library of value-focused, evidence-based examples of value classified using its five Health IT Value STEPS™:
- Electronic Information/Data
- Prevention & Patient Education