Health Policy

IT and Patient-Centered Research Critical for Health Care says Orszag

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag said that IT and patient-centered research that can deliver key data to health care providers, is viewed as two long-term game changers in health care reform by the Obama administration; at a conference sponsored by the Brookings Institution on Tuesday.

He mentioned that there is information required by the physicians to know that the treatment they are proving is effective or not, in order to support their clinical decision. Also, the comparative effectiveness data also would be useful to consumers, mentioned Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.). As part of recommendations, Sean Tunis, founder and director of the Center for Medical Technology Policy, explained that there needs to be a greater investment in the technical infrastructure to share effectiveness research. In addition, the other recommendations included were ensuring that data standards for EHR support practice-based clinical research; developing informatics grids and other architectures to connect practice-based research networks; supporting distributed information networks for administrative and clinical databases with privacy and security safeguards; and promoting the use of technical data standards and a common vocabulary for all connected systems.


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