A new report from the National Research Council of theNational Academies casts a critical eye on US health care information technology (IT). The report warns that “current efforts aimed at nationwide deployment of health care IT will not be sufficient to achieve the vision of 21st century health care and may even set back the cause if these efforts continue wholly without change from their present course.”
The report, Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions (prepublication copy available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/reports/comptech_prepub.pdf), recommends that those implementing health care IT should concentrate not on simply accelerating existing efforts, but rather on using health care IT to improve health care quality.
Friedrich MJ. Report Aims to Reboot Health Care IT. JAMA. 2009;301(11):1116-1117. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.343