Health IT Enabled Quality Improvement

This paper illustrates ONC's 10-year vision for advancing health IT capabilities in a manner that will combine, at a minimum, both clinical decision support and clinical quality measurement to enable robust and continuous quality improvement. Achieving this vision is dependent on collaboration with a vast number of quality improvement and health IT stakeholders. Health IT will provide the necessary tools to achieve this vision through an interoperable infrastructure and supportive building blocks

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology coordinates nationwide efforts that support the use of certified health IT and promote the adoption of national standards and the interoperable exchange of health information. Through the recent efforts of federal programs that spur health IT adoption such as the regional extension Center, Beacon Communities, state health information exchange and the electronic health record incentive programs, the nation has reached the “tipping point” for health IT adoption in the provider and hospital environments. As we move forward, leveraging health IT adoption and improving the exchange of health information through the use of health IT will be integral to supporting the essential building blocks of a quality improvement ecosystem. The main goals of health IT adoption are to achieve improved health and health care quality, safety, and communication among all members of the care team while decreasing costs and increasing value. These goals reflect the U.S Department of Health and Human Services' national quality strategy, which describes implementation plans to achieve better care, healthy communities and affordable care.

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