Health Care: National Strategy Needed to Accelerate the Implementation of Information Technology

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Health care is an information-intensive industry that remains highly fragmented and inefficient. Hence, the uses of information technology (IT)--in delivering clinical care, performing administrative functions, and supporting the public health infrastructure--have the potential to yield both cost savings and improvements in the care itself. In 2003, GAO reported on benefits to health care that could result from using IT--both cost savings and measurable improvements in the delivery and quality of care. GAO also reported on federal agencies' existing and planned information systems intended to support our nation's preparedness ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. July 14, 2004.

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Testimony issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "Health care is an information-intensive industry that remains highly fragmented and inefficient. Hence, the uses of information technology (IT)--in delivering clinical care, performing administrative functions, and supporting the public health infrastructure--have the potential to yield both cost savings and improvements in the care itself. In 2003, GAO reported on benefits to health care that could result from using IT--both cost savings and measurable improvements in the delivery and quality of care. GAO also reported on federal agencies' existing and planned information systems intended to support our nation's preparedness for and ability to respond to public health emergencies and the status of health care standards setting initiatives. Congress has asked GAO to summarize our work on reported benefits of the use of IT for health care delivery and on IT initiatives supporting public health preparedness and response."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Health Care: National Strategy Needed to Accelerate the Implementation of Information Technology, text, July 14, 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc293260/: accessed August 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.