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Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning

Friday, October 29, 2010

Health information technology can help prevent medical errors, improve care coordination, increase access to providers in rural areas and improve the quality and value of care. At the same time, questions have been raised about the cost of implementation, personal privacy considerations and potential disruption to the business of health care, especially for providers in individual and small group practices.

Recent legislation, including the stimulus package and the new health reform law, invests substantial funds in health IT. Other nations have done the same. What have other countries learned from their experience with health IT? How is the adoption of this technology progressing in the U.S. across the many different types of health care settings? How are we developing standards for “meaningful use” of health IT?

To answer these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and The Commonwealth Fund sponsored an October 29 briefing. Panelists were: David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health information technology at HHS; Tom Bowden of HealthLink in New Zealand; Ib Johansen of Denmark’s MedCom; and Sabine Koch of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Humphrey Taylor of Harris Interactive (a member of the Alliance board of directors) and Robin Osborn of The Commonwealth Fund co-moderated.


 Humphrey Taylor, Harris Interactive, Moderator
 Robin Osborn, The Commonwealth Fund, Moderator
 David Blumenthal, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Speaker
 Tom Bowden, HealthLink (New Zealand), Speaker
 Ib Johansen, MedCom (Denmark), Speaker
 Sabine Koch, Karolinska Institute (Sweden), Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript (Word Document), 10/29/2010
Event Summary: Event Summary (Word Document), 10/30/2010
Full Webcast/Podcast: Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Robin Osborn Presentation (PowerPoint), 10/29/2010
Tom Bowden Presentation (PowerPoint), 10/29/2010
Ib Johansen Presentation (PowerPoint), 10/29/2010
Sabine Koch Presentation (PowerPoint), 10/29/2010
David Blumenthal Presentation (PowerPoint), 10/29/2010

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Materials List (Word Document), , 10/27/2010
Source List (Word Document), , 10/27/2010
Agenda (Word Document), , 10/29/2010
Event Summary (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 10/30/2010

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Electronic Medical Record Adoption in New Zealand Primary Physician Offices (Adobe Acrobat PDF),The Commonwealth Fund, 10/27/2010
12 European Countries Take First Step Across E-Health Borders , HIMSS, 10/27/2010
Federal Health IT Coordinator Completes Nationwide System to Assist Doctors and Hospitals in Switching to Electronic Health Records, HHS, 10/28/2010
The 'Meaningful Use’ Regulations for Electronic Health Records, The New England Journal of Medicine, 8/5/2010
Activating a Full Architectural Model: Improving Health Records Through Robust Population Health, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 10/28/2010
Electronic Health Record Standards (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Health Affairs, 10/28/2010
Government Planning for Less 'rushed' Next Stages of Meaningful Use, , 10/28/2010
CCHIT, Drummond, Certify First Batch of EHRs, Government Health IT, 10/28/2010
HEALTH CARE: Making Meaningful Use of Our Healthcare System, The New Health Dialogue, 10/28/2010
Widespread Adoption of Information Technology in Primary Care Physician Offices in Denmark: A Case Study, The Commonwealth Fund, 10/28/2010
Electronic Medical Record Adoption in New Zealand Primary Care Physician Offices, The Commonwealth Fund, 10/27/2010


David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for health information technology, describes four problems the U.S. must solve in order to fully implement health IT. From the Oct. 29 briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. (11 min.)

Robin Osborn of The Commonwealth Fund compared the use of health IT in the U.S. vs. in other nations at the Oct. 29 briefing, cosponsored by the Fund. (10 min.)

Tom Bowden of HealthLink in New Zealand describes the widespread use of electronic medical records in his country, from the Oct. 29 briefing cosponsored by the Commonwealth Fund. (9 min.)

Ib Johansen of MedCom in Denmark describes the workings of the Danish Health Data Network at the Oct. 29 briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. (11 min.)

Sabine Koch of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden discussed the Swedish approach to health IT at the Oct. 29 briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund. (9 min.)


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