Forum Session

Toward a National Health Information Infrastructure: Local, National, and Global Opportunities
May 21, 2004


Lisa Sprague, MBA


This meeting assessed the progress of the United States in developing an infrastructure to permit health information to be exchanged electronically across organizational and political borders. Experts in the field described how information technology (IT) can support individual, clinician, research, and public health interests. They discussed the challenges that remain, notably definition of standards, incentives for IT adoption and use, and protection of privacy. Speakers gave examples of IT advances in other countries and reviewed initiatives currently underway in this country, especially at the federal government level.


Don Detmer, MD, MA, Professor Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education, Department of Health Evaluation Sciences, University of Virginia, and Senior Associate, Judge Institute of Management, University of Cambridge; Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Slides from the presentation by Dr. Clancy are available for download.

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