HHS announces 2013 agenda to bring down costs and improve quality of care through implementation of health information technology

Health & Human Services: March 6, 2013

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, M.D., today announced HHS’s plan to accelerate health information exchange (HIE) and build a seamless and secure flow of information essential to transforming the health care system.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we are improving the way care is delivered while lowering costs,” said Acting Administrator Tavenner.  “We are already seeing benefits, such as a reduction in hospital readmissions due to these reforms.  Health IT and the secure exchange of information across providers are crucial to reforming the system, and must be a routine part of care delivery.” Read more