Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer is the follow-up to the award-winning first edition. Published in 2007, the first edition examined how information technologies applied in hospitals settings, at the physician’s office and in patients’ homes were transforming healthcare delivery. This updated edition examines the advances that have taken place in the past four years, as healthcare providers increasingly utilize health IT, including ambulatory electronic health records, clinical decision support, personal health records, identity management, and health information exchange to care for patients and improve quality and patient safety.
New to this second edition are chapters focused on how federal legislation–namely, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act–is providing financial incentives for healthcare providers that demonstrate the meaningful use of health IT. The second edition also features a physician sharing how IT enables the patient-centered medical home in his practice and several case studies, including lessons learned on how health IT is transforming healthcare at a rural health network, a small primary care practice, a fully integrated healthcare system with 2,000-plus affiliated physicians, and two hospitals that have achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model.