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Researchers from Harvard University Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Health and Medical Informatics (Benchmarking health IT...

July 1, 2014

Researchers from Harvard University Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Health and Medical Informatics (Benchmarking health IT among OECD countries: better data for better policy)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- New research on Health and Medical Informatics is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Boston, Massachusetts, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "To develop benchmark measures of health information and communication technology (ICT) use to facilitate cross-country comparisons and learning. The effort is led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Harvard University, "Approaches to definition and measurement within four ICT domains were compared across seven OECD countries in order to identify functionalities in each domain. These informed a set of functionality-based benchmark measures, which were refined in collaboration with representatives from more than 20 OECD and non-OECD countries. We report on progress to date and remaining work to enable countries to begin to collect benchmark data. The four benchmarking domains include provider-centric electronic record, patient-centric electronic record, health information exchange, and tele-health. There was broad agreement on functionalities in the provider-centric electronic record domain (eg, entry of core patient data, decision support), and less agreement in the other three domains in which country representatives worked to select benchmark functionalities. Many countries are working to implement ICTs to improve healthcare system performance. Although many countries are looking to others as potential models, the lack of consistent terminology and approach has made cross-national comparisons and learning difficult. As countries develop and implement strategies to increase the use of ICTs to promote health goals, there is a historic opportunity to enable cross-country learning. To facilitate this learning and reduce the chances that individual countries flounder, a common understanding of health ICT adoption and use is needed."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The OECD-led benchmarking process is a crucial step towards achieving this."

For more information on this research see: Benchmarking health IT among OECD countries: better data for better policy. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2014;21(1):111-116. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association can be contacted at: Bmj Publishing Group, British Med Assoc House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, England.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Adler-Milstein, Harvard University, Sch Public Hlth, Dept. of Hlth Policy & Management, Boston, MA 02115, United States. Additional authors for this research include E. Ronchi, G.R. Cohen, L.A.P. Winn and A.K. Jha.

Keywords for this news article include: Boston, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America, Health and Medical Informatics

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