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Integration of medical and information technology in U.S. health care
Author(s): William H. Gruber; Marc M. Pollack; David S. Rosenthal
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Paper Abstract

One of the most powerful forces affecting the success of health reform in the United States is information technology (IT). The integration of medical technology (such as imaging) with IT (such as the electronic medical record, guidelines, care paths and outcomes research) provides the opportunity to simultaneously improve the quality of health care and control health care cost inflation. The effective integration of medical technology with IT has the potential to achieve clinically appropriate and cost effective medical care in the appropriate location with the support of technologically delivered guidelines and using telemedicine applications such as telediagnosis, teleradiology, and telemonitoring. These savings will provide the investment and research funding to enable the United States to continue as the world’s leader in medical technology and telemedicine. This paper validates the potential for these benefits from the effective integration of clinical IT and medical technology with a case study of the progress achieved at Harvard University Health Services(HUHS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 1994
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2307, Health Care Technology Policy I: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care, (6 December 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.195444
Show Author Affiliations
William H. Gruber, Research and Plannning, Inc. (United States)
Marc M. Pollack, Harvard Univ. Health Services (United States)
David S. Rosenthal, Harvard Univ. Health Services (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2307:
Health Care Technology Policy I: The Role of Technology in the Cost of Health Care
Warren S. Grundfest M.D., Editor(s)

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