Health IT, Economics Summit Focuses on Health Care Reform
The summit will cover health insurance exchanges and how social media and mobile technologies spur patient engagement and impact health outcomes.The rate at which information technology is changing the health care industry will be the main focus of the fourth annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE) in Washington D.C., where experts from academia, industry and government will gather for two days starting Nov. 15. Organized by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) in the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, the summit will cover such topics as health insurance exchanges and how social media and mobile technologies are spurring patient engagement and impacting health outcomes. Rachael Fleurence, who leads the research prioritization initiative at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, will give an opening keynote speech. The institute has approved about 200 awards totaling more than $273.5 million to fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research projects. "The workshop is designed to deliver the latest research, inspire innovation and accelerate healthcare transformation at the intersection of health IT and economics," program chair Ritu Agarwal, UMD-Smith professor and chair of Information Systems and CHIDS' founding co-director, said in a statement. "The timing is especially critical with the health care industry challenged by the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act."
Some panel topics include health IT and costs and a discussion on the Internet and health, while a cluster of research presentations will cover the use of electronic medical records in U.S. hospitals, consistency in the use of electronic health records, and geographic variation in health IT and health care outcomes.