Tuesday, July 22, 2014

State health department issues Health IT Summit report

In May 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hosted a Health Information Technology Summit on clinical quality measurement and population health. The public health department strongly believes that health information technology (health IT) has the potential to improve clinical performance and health outcomes through data-informed quality improvement processes.

This Summit was convened to bring public health partners and health systems from across the state together to help develop effective strategies to make health IT more effective statewide, improve clinical quality, and reduce the provider, practice and system level burdens from measurement and reporting complexity. In the following report and executive summary, CDPHE staff synthesized the themes, discussions, and recommendations made by presenters and attendees at the Summit. This report will help direct partnerships and strategies that can lead to the effective use of health IT.

The Summit took place as part of a new integrated funding strategy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and associated risk factors, and to promote school health with targeted interventions across the lifespan. In addition to a strong focus on promoting the use of electronic health records and the collection, use, and reporting of quality measures for improved blood pressure and A1c control, this grant funds activities linked to the Diabetes Prevention Program, Diabetes Self-Management Education, the Million Hearts campaign and the expansion of patient navigation.

Health IT Summit Report

Health IT Summit Executive Summary

For further information, please contact Ellen Steiner..

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