In a feature editorial in the California Healthcare Foundation's iHealthbeat eNewsletter, a question is asked regarding what it takes to "Get Health IT Right" in the US with the stimulus funding program.
These same guidelines and principles apply in Canada.....
Diamond said, "There needs to be accountability and oversight written into the regulations and processes for administering this new law. It begins with open and transparent processes that benefit from public input, and must continue throughout the implementation and measurement of these new incentives." According to Diamond, "getting health IT right" will depend on four things:
- Setting specific and measurable goals for the investments;
- Encouraging information use for better decisions, not just software installations;
- Enhancing public trust that health data will be protected as it is shared; and
- Adopting a phased and pragmatic strategy, including an approach to standards and technology that supports the goals and produces near-term progress.
"Practices need to feel like there's somebody watching out for them." He added, "It's not giving more money to the practices, it's giving them the sense of security."
Are we doing a better job in Canada? What could we do better to support adoption of healthcare IT and ensure there is meaningful use, not just technology for technology's sake?
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