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Better use of technology in healthcare may be one of the best ways to lower costs and boost quality; at the very least, the federal government seems convinced that it is.
Anyone who pays attention to healthcare in the United States knows that the system could use an infusion of innovation to help boost quality while lowering costs.
Better use of technology in healthcare may be one of the keys to making that happen; at the very least, the federal government seems convinced that it is.
In that spirit, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced five agenda items for 2013 that it says will further its goals of improving quality and bringing down costs through technology.
"Health IT and the secure exchange of information across providers are crucial to reforming the system, and must be a routine part of care delivery," said HHS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a statement.
Here's HHS' health IT agenda for this year: