Date: May 23, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Experts Explore Digital Technologies' Potential to Improve Health Care
The workshops were convened in recognition of the growing use of smartphones, tablets, electronic health records, and other digital technologies in hospitals and clinics and the potential for these devices to support a continuously improving "learning health system" in which knowledge gleaned from past events is used to guide future decisions. The series brought together researchers, computer scientists, privacy experts, clinicians, health care administrators, health IT professionals, representatives of patient advocacy groups, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss the principles needed to guide national efforts to develop the digital elements of a learning health system.
Workshop participants noted several areas that warrant follow-up, including analyses of the potential health and economic returns, consensus on standards and quality measures, and consistent patient identification across the system. They also discussed benefits of a cooperative approach to determining and implementing governing principles, priorities, system specifications, and cooperative strategies.
The workshop series was convened by IOM's Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care with support from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a recap of the discussions, the summary presents the views and ideas of individual participants and does not contain recommendations or position statements from the IOM.
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