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Better Health, Better Health Care

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Good information is the gateway to good care.


  • Increase patient safety
  • Reduce duplicative testing, unnecessary costs and patient hassle
  • Ensure open communication between patients and providers
  • Speed the adoption of health information technology
  • Ensure easy access for patients to their medical records and health information
  • Enable better care coordination

Public Policy Ideas for Change 

  • Speed the creation of electronic health records and personal health records by selecting and using “interoperable” health standards*
  • Drive the secure exchange of clinical information among and across different providers of care*
  • Encourage private sector creation and use of unique, confidential health information identifiers to accurately and securely link patients to their health records
  • Fundamentally reform the payment model to encourage specific IT adoption by health care professionals and hospitals*
  • Provide incentives for health care suppliers and insurers to enable the use of IT
  • Conduct research and development of the market requirements and business models needed to create the next generation systems and technologies
  • Allow providers and community collaboratives to share information exchange capabilities
  • Establish national models for data use that will facilitate community health improvement
  • Renovate the education of health care professionals


  • Opportunities for Leadership: By Stakeholders in Coalition
    Ideas for Change:  Best Information
  • AHA's report on trends in areas of health care reform:  Best Information

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