The role of informatics in health care reform

Acad Radiol. 2012 Sep;19(9):1094-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acra.2012.05.006. Epub 2012 Jul 6.


Improving health care quality while simultaneously reducing cost has become a high priority of health care reform. Informatics is crucial in tackling this challenge. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 mandates adaptation and "meaningful use " of health information technology. In this review, we will highlight several areas in which informatics can make significant contributions, with a focus on radiology. We also discuss informatics related to the increasing imperatives of state and local regulations (such as radiation dose tracking) and quality initiatives.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S.
  • Data Mining
  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Diagnostic Imaging / economics*
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Care Reform*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality Improvement
  • Radiation Dosage
  • Terminology as Topic
  • United States