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Re-engineering U.S. Health Care with Health Care Information Technology – Promises and Peril


Blackford Middleton, M.D,. M.P.H., M.Sc.
Director of Clinical Informatics Research and Development
Chairman of the Center for Information Technology Leadership, Partners HealthCare System
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health

Health care information technology (HIT) holds the promise of helping to fundamentally transform U.S. health care. Current federal, state, and local efforts are aimed at a rapid expansion of the use of HIT to help control the cost of care, improve quality and patient safety, and provide a foundation for health care reform. However, inattention to critical systems design issues may prevent the full value potential from being attained from a wired health care delivery system. Dr. Middleton will present a systems perspective on clinical information management in health care delivery, focusing on critical issues related to value and considerations that may impede full value potential. He will provide an overview of the evidence that suggests HIT can impact costs and quality of care, and he will describe opportunities and challenges for system development and implementation. Examples will be drawn from Partners HealthCare clinical systems development.

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