As 2014 winds down, health information technology stands on the precipice of unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Never before has health IT provided such tremendous potential to radically transform medicine by improving healthcare quality and patient safety, reducing costs, decreasing paperwork, expanding access to affordable care, improving population health, and supporting reformed payment structures.
However, this year Americas healthcare system has taken one step forward, two steps back in creating a HIT infrastructure to achieve these goals. Health Data Management reviews the top health IT stories of 2014 and how events over the preceding 12 months have shaped the current state of the healthcare industry.
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