Author Affiliations: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Adler-Milstein); and Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Jha).
The United States is undertaking an ambitious effort to wire the health care system. The goal is to build a nationwide information infrastructure to serve as the foundation for large and sustained improvements in performance. Widespread adoption of health information technology will support new care delivery models, such as patient-centered medical homes, alongside broader initiatives, such as performance reporting and public health surveillance. To enable the health information technology revolution, Congress allocated nearly $30 billion focused on 2 main goals: transitioning physicians and hospitals from paper-based to electronic systems and enabling these systems to interoperate, allowing clinical data to flow between health care organizations.
Adler-Milstein J, Jha AK. Sharing Clinical Data ElectronicallyA Critical Challenge for Fixing the Health Care System. JAMA. 2012;307(16):1695–1696. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.525