Publication Date: August 20, 2008
The journal Health Affairs released yesterday three papers that address issues revolving around HIT adoption. Quick synopsis follows with my views in italics.
The first, by Carol Diamond (Markle Foundation) and Clay Shirky (Prof. at NYU) provides a thoughtful analysis on why the current government focus on standards and certification processes for HIT may be misguided and ultimately could hinder long-term adoption of HIT. Their argument is basically that current technology standards initiatives supported by the government are to prescriptive (limiting flexibility to respond to real market needs) while government policies addressing information use are sorely lacking.