Proposal says IT could trim $2 trillion from national health spending

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The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System last week proposed reform that could trim $2 trillion from national health spending over the next 10 years. The proposal, according to an article in InformationWeek Healthcare, has a central focus on the Meaningful Use of healthcare IT by healthcare organizations. Using technology in a meaningful and effective way, information systems can help health providers reduce administrative costs and streamline care, the report says. "There is a clear recognition that information technology is part of the support for this general set of policies and that, in fact, the continued spread and utility of information systems of all types will be critical to achieving this vision," former National Coordinator for Health IT and current Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal said. Article