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Benefits and Concerns Related to U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Investment Are Explored in New Issue Brief from Health Fidelity

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Addresses whether national goals are being met; HIT's future

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new issue brief titled, "Will Health IT Investment Deliver its Promised Benefits?" is now available from Health Fidelity, a healthcare big data analytics company. The brief examines how the U.S. healthcare information technology investment is fairing in areas such as technology adoption and improvements in the healthcare system.

Industry experts and policymakers have long agreed that meeting national healthcare goals would require use of massive amounts of healthcare data to improve care, according to the issue brief. Through Meaningful Use, a massive effort was undertaken to stimulate electronic capture of healthcare information, including a $19.2 billion incentive program.

"As a country, we have taken major strides in capturing clinical information electronically. While this is an important first step, it's far from accomplishing national goals. We now need to use this information to actually improve care, and that will require hard work from patients, providers, payers and government," said Dan Riskin, MD, president and founder, Health Fidelity. 

Riskin notes that adoption of the electronic health record (EHR) has been successful as one piece of the health IT puzzle, but points out that EHR adoption and health IT are not synonymous. "Analytics, improved workflow and better aligned payment incentives are just some of the additional tools that are necessary for the U.S. to realize positive outcomes from its healthcare IT investment."

To access "Will Health IT Investment Deliver its Promised Benefits?" visit http://healthfidelity.com/technology/issue-briefs/technology-investment-issue-brief.

About Health Fidelity
Health Fidelity, Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif., is a healthcare big data analytics company. The company works with healthcare organizations to address risk and quality in value-based payment models by leveraging the most powerful and proven natural language processing (NLP) and inference platform. Health Fidelity also enables application developers to leverage vast amounts of unstructured and discrete data to provide unique clinical and financial insights.

Health Fidelity and REVEAL are trademarks of Health Fidelity, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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