Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions

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National Academies Press, Feb 24, 2009 - Computers - 120 pages
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Despite a strong commitment to delivering quality health care, persistent problems involving medical errors and ineffective treatment continue to plague the industry. Many of these problems are the consequence of poor information and technology (IT) capabilities, and most importantly, the lack cognitive IT support. Clinicians spend a great deal of time sifting through large amounts of raw data, when, ideally, IT systems would place raw data into context with current medical knowledge to provide clinicians with computer models that depict the health status of the patient.

Computational Technology for Effective Health Care advocates re-balancing the portfolio of investments in health care IT to place a greater emphasis on providing cognitive support for health care providers, patients, and family caregivers; observing proven principles for success in designing and implementing IT; and accelerating research related to health care in the computer and social sciences and in health/biomedical informatics.

Health care professionals, patient safety advocates, as well as IT specialists and engineers, will find this book a useful tool in preparation for crossing the health care IT chasm.


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1 Health Care in the United States Today
2 A Vision for 21st Century Health Care and Wellness
3 Crossing the Health Care IT Chasm
4 Principles for Success
5 Research Challenges
6 Recommendations
7 Concluding Thoughts
Committee Members and Staff
Meeting and Site Visit Agendas and Site Visit Methodology
Observations Consequences and Opportunities The Site Visits of the Committee

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