Spring 2005 Internet2 Member Meeting

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The National Health Information Network Design and Recommendations

Time 05/03/05 08:45AM-10:00AM

Session Abstract

In April 2004, President George W. Bush revealed his vision for the future of healthcare in the United States. The President's plan involves a health care system that puts the needs of the patient first, is more efficient, and is cost-effective. The President's plan is based on the following tenets:

  • Medical information will follow consumers so that they are at the center of their own care
  • Consumers will be able to choose physicians and hospitals based on clinical performance results made available to them
  • Clinicians will have a patient's complete medical history, computerized ordering systems, and electronic reminders
  • Quality initiatives will measure performance and drive quality-based competition in the industry
  • Public health and bioterrorism surveillance will be seamlessly integrated into care
  • Clinical research will be accelerated and post-marketing surveillance will be expanded.
Together, these tenets will revolutionize healthcare, making it more consumer-centric, and will improve both the quality and the efficiency of healthcare in the United States. Dr. David Brailer was appointed by the President as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and has led the creation of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) conceptualization.

Dr. David Lansky of the Markle Foundation led a consortium of thirteen organizations, including Internet2, that responded to a Request for Information that asked for input to help with the design and planning of the NHIN. Holt Anderson of the North Carolina Health Information Communication and Information Alliance (NCHICA) led a large group of commercial and not for profit organizations, again including Internet2, to also respond to the NHIN RFI. The NCHICA response took the perspective of a regional health information organization (RHIO) and the Markle Foundation was focused on the requirement from a national perspective.

Holt Anderson will be discussing what NCHICA is recommending as the design for their RHIO and what it will take to get there. David Lansky will present the national perspective on what we see it is going to take to 'knit' the RHIOs into a cohesive national 'fabric'.


Speaker Holt Anderson North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance

Speaker David Lansky Markle Foundation

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) (ppt)

Speaker Holt Anderson North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance

Speaker Mikio Yagi Japan Telecom Co., Ltd.

media item thumbnail Laying the foundation for transforming U.S. healthcare (ppt)

Speaker David Lansky Markle Foundation

Speaker Warren Matthews Georgia Institute of Technology

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