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Health Information Technology and Health Care Reform Must Be Well-Aligned to Improve Health and Lower Costs
Date:7/15/2009

Markle Foundation, Center for American Progress, and Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings Frame Vision for Information-Driven Health Care

Group Urges Public, Broad-Based Commitment to Specific Goals

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dramatic improvements in health and reductions in cost growth are achievable if efforts to boost health information technology (IT) are aligned with broader health care reform, a group of three influential non-profit organizations said today.

Committing to specific, ambitious targets -- like preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes and cutting medication errors and administrative burdens in half -- will allow health IT investments and health care reform to be directed toward results that will benefit the American public for generations, according to the Markle Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings.

The three organizations today hosted a forum of industry and policy leaders on the need for health IT investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that support a broader transformation to improve health outcomes and reduce health care cost growth.

"Health reform and health IT investments will protect all Americans only if we set concrete health improvement targets and identify the specific costs to be controlled," said Markle President Zoe Baird. "We know how to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes and how to slash the time physicians spend on administrative tasks. Let's set these goals and others like them. This is the only way we can expand coverage, improve outcomes, and control costs."

"We must take concrete steps now toward a health care system that pays for better quality an
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SOURCE The Markle Foundation; Center for American Progress; Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings
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