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Hartford Panel at AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting: Health IT Innovations to Care for Older Adults

On June 24, 2013, a special session of AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation, “Leading Edge Innovations: HIT and the Reduction of Avoidable Harm in Revolving Door Patients,” highlighted diverse efforts to improve care and reduce costs for older Americans.  Session chair Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer at the John A. Hartford Foundation, lamented that for America’s elderly population, we are facing the “inverse triple aim” of poor care, poor quality, and high costs. As part of the foundation’s mission to improve the health and health care for older adults, they embrace and promote health information technology (HIT) as a critical tool to drive the delivery of safe, high-quality care.

As Berman emphasized, HIT in and of itself is not an end; “it’s setting the table for the meal that can come.” The panelists and other initiatives demonstrate the potential to leverage HIT to enable the end goals of improved cost, quality and care for America’s seniors.

Read more about the HIT panel at AcademyHealth's annual meeting on their blog here.