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David Blumenthal and Aneesh Chopra Give Keynote Addresses at AMIA's Conference on Anticipating and Addressing Unintended Consequences of HIT and Policy
Date:9/11/2009

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"HIT includes not only the current focus areas of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE), but also applications and systems that will be used by consumers and other stakeholders such as personal health records (PHRs) and consumer health and chronic disease management tools," stated Nancy M. Lorenzi, PhD, meeting co-chair and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University.

"We believe that improving the state of HIT in this country has enormous potential to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. However, we also believe that unintended consequences can and must be anticipated, identified, and addressed in order to maximize the beneficial effects of HIT," commented David W. Bates, MD, MA, AMIA Board Chair.

Participants also considered potential future issues that we might face, especially those due to the convergence of HIT, clinical technologies and devices, and communications capabilities. During plenary sessions and in small discussion groups, they explored successful approaches to anticipating, recognizing/identifying, and addressing potential unintended consequences of HIT as well as potential unintended consequences of HIT policy and legislative efforts. AMIA plans to develop and disseminate materials that synthesize the conference outcomes to help inform policymakers, Congress, and others about the issues related to unintended consequences of HIT design, development, implementation, adoption and use. Recommendations for areas warranting further research and study will also be included. Interim work products and meeting materials are made available on the AMIA web site at: http://www.amia.org/2009healthpolicymeeting.

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