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American Health Information Community: Breakthroughs

2006 Breakthrough Focus Areas

The Community will make recommendations to the Secretary of HHS to enable advancement in four areas of focus by the end of 2006.

  • Consumer Empowerment - Make available a consumer-directed and secure electronic record of health care registration information and a medication history for patients.
  • Chronic Care - Allow the widespread use of secure messaging, as appropriate, as a means of communication between doctors and patients about care delivery.
  • Biosurveillance - Enable the transfer of standardized and anonymized health data from the point of health care delivery to authorized public health agencies within 24 hours of its collection.
  • Electronic Health Records - Create an electronic health record that includes laboratory results and interpretations, that is standardized, widely available and secure

Categories for Potential 'Break Throughs' to be considered by the Community: Breakthroughs are places where using health IT produces a tangible and specific value to the health care consumer and that can be realized within a 2-3 year period. [PDF - 19KB]

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"We have hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many of the soldiers would arrive without records in Germany, with no record of the CAT scans or what happened in surgery in Afghanistan or Iraq. The clinicians in Germany would have to re-operate on the patient, would have to redo all their x-ray evaluations, CAT scans, etc...." ~ Colonel John Holcomb

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