The Current Situation
... Nevertheless, U.S. healthcare has great potential to do great things,[33a] but many of our pol…
Nevertheless, U.S. healthcare has great potential to do great things,[33a] but many of our policies and practices are blocking realization of that potential.
While it is widely accepted that information technology is an essential part of the solution, few providers use clinical information systems to (a) support providers in making diagnostic and treatment decisions by coupling patient problems with evidence-based knowledge; (b) manage and assess the execution of plans of care; and (c) collect and share outcomes data and lessons learned. The dominant trend in every realm of science is the increasing value and usage of computers, yet healthcare lags far behind as clinical decisions are made largely without the aid of computer software. The U.S., in fact, lags as much as a dozen years behind other industrialized countries in the adoption of health information technology.
healthcare “knowledge void.”
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