The Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, founded by former Senate majority leaders, has issued recommendations to most effectively use federal dollars being spent on health information technology initiatives.

Much of the recommendations, however, call for initiatives already being done, although many remain in the earliest stages. For instance, the center calls for government and private purchasers and health plans to align incentives and payments with higher quality, care coordination and outcomes, enabled with I.T.

The center also calls for acceleration of health information exchanges and use of consumer health I.T. tools; private sector expansion of support for I.T. training and implementation assistance based on lessons from the federally sponsored college programs; further alignment of policies and programs with health I.T.; and comprehensive and clear guidance for privacy and security laws, including a national strategy for accurate patient matching.

Provider organization members of the task force, among others, include Peter Basch, M.D., medical director at MedStar Health; Russell Branzell, CIO at Poudre Valley Health System; former ONC head David Blumenthal, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital; Reginald Coopwood, M.D., CEO at Regional Medical Center of Memphis; Herb Pardes, M.D., vice chair at New York-Presbyterian Hospital; Robert Pearl, M.D., CEO at the Permanente Medical Group; and Tony Tersigni, CEO at Ascension Health System.

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