The Spirit of PCAST

JOHN HALAMKA

On December 8, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the report “Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward

In its 91 pages are several “gold star” ideas for empowering patients, providers and payers to improve quality, safety, and efficiency.

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Why Context and Relevance Matter to Health Data Computability

DAVID C. KIBBE

In a December 8 report, “Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward,” the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) urgently recommend departing from much current HIT practice in America’s hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, labs, and patient’s homes. PCAST calls on ONC to accelerate making health data easily accessible, interpretable by computers, and searchable on the web.

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