HIMSS launches Health IT Value Suite
July 16, 2013 in Medical Technology
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society today announced the release of a new online collection of data – both quantitative and qualitative – designed to help care providers, lawmakers and other stakeholders research the value of health information technology.
As the health sector strives to improve health and healthcare through the optimal use of IT, measuring technology’s impact and value to patients and caregivers becomes critical. Recognizing the need for a consistent way to understand, evaluate and communicate the real-world impact of health IT, HIMSS introduced the Health IT Value Suite, which it bills as a comprehensive knowledge repository that classifies, quantifies and articulates the clinical, financial and business impact of health IT investments.
“For the past decade, providers, payers, and other healthcare stakeholders have moved rapidly to implement strategic IT solutions across the organization,” said Carla Smith, executive vice president of HIMSS, during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington. “The end game for all players across the healthcare landscape is better and safer care, with more accountability, while keeping costs in check. These are critical goals that impact every American.”
“Adding to these high stakes,” said Smith, “is the EHR incentive program from the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as significant private sector investments. As healthcare providers continue to implement IT solutions, it is increasingly critical to be able to evaluate technology’s real impact. Pinpointing the clinical and financial impact of health IT investments is complex. That’s why we’re introducing the Health IT Value Suite.”
The Health IT Value Suite creates a taxonomy and framework to quantify and discuss the impact of IT in health settings. Further, it offers relevant and credible examples that help stakeholders – from providers to policymakers to payers to influencers – evaluate the success of their information technology investments with an emphasis on examining and improving performance across numerous clinical, business and financial factors. Using the Health IT Value Suite, stakeholders and organizations can continue to advance their objectives with confidence, and realize maximum value by providing high-quality, safe and cost-effective care.
“The value of health IT is demonstrated in many ways; some may be unique to an organization, while others may be highly adoptable and scalable,” said Smith. “HIMSS created the Health IT Value Suite to organize and create a common vocabulary to identify, classify and discuss the many known examples of health IT value, to create a comprehensive library of case studies from which we can research impact, and to educate all on the findings.”
With its robust library of patient care-focused data organized by levels of evidence, the Health IT Value Suite offers stakeholders relevant and credible answers to questions such as: