The Engelberg Center hosted a forum highlighting the Beacon Community Program, a major project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Panelists focused on health IT implementation strategies to accelerate clinical transformation, and discussed how various Beacon communities are advancing broader healthcare reform efforts. The event featured keynote remarks from Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Joseph McCannon, Senior Advisor to the Administrator and Group Director, Learning and Diffusion, Innovation Center, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In addition, the event highlighted various Beacon Community accomplishments and plans for upcoming years, shared health IT implementation strategies to accelerate clinical transformation, and communicated how various communities are advancing broader healthcare reform efforts. Presenters focused on how health IT and related delivery system improvements are being utilized to increase care coordination and accountability in order to demonstrate feasible paths to higher-quality and lower-cost healthcare.
Panel I: U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, and CMS Senior Advisor Joe McCannon discuss the federal health IT strategy.
Panel II: Beacon Community Program Director Aaron McKethan moderates a session on priorities for health system improvement.
Panel III: Mark McClellan moderates a session on harnessing health IT for payment reform
Closing remarks: from Mark McClellan and Farzad Mostashari