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June 6, 2013

New Health IT Framework Available for ACOs

Announced this week in the Health Affairs blog, The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has developed an HIT Framework to help accountable care organizations (ACOs) and healthcare providers navigate the future of technology and accountable care.

The goals in developing this framework are to serve as a tool for ACOs so they are better able to identify and prioritize their health IT needs and align their resources to meet their objectives through a technology roadmap; for payers seeking to assess and/or complement the health IT capabilities of their partners; and for system and product developers looking to fill current technology gaps.

As a CCHIT commissioner, I endorsed the concepts and constructs included in the framework. I am pleased to see that they have produced a well-constructed, thoughtful tool that should help organizations make strategic information systems decisions. I also hope that the public health community embraces this resource and uses it to understand how their work with health care enterprises can be informed by the framework.

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David A. Ross, ScD

President/CEO of the Task Force for Global Health, former director of PHII