The future of the U.S. health care system depends on health IT innovators finding ways to control health care costs, according to Mark Smith, president and CEO of the California HealthCare Foundation, InformationWeek reports. CHCF publishes iHealthBeat.
Smith spoke during this week's Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco (Versel, InformationWeek, 9/27).
During his keynote speech, Smith said that health IT is maturing and that policy supporting health IT initiatives is evolving.
However, he noted that certain obstacles are impeding further advancements in health IT, such as:
- The current health care culture;
- Payment regulations; and
- Rising health care costs.
According to Smith, health IT innovators seeking to address rising health care costs could focus on:
- Enrolling uninsured residents in health plans;
- Facilitating rapid learning for health care providers; and
- Making the health care system more convenient for patients (Enrado, Healthcare IT News, 9/27).
Other Health 2.0 Happenings
Also during the conference, several organizations announced plans for new products and services. For example: