Dr. Ilana Graetz, associate professor of health policy and management at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, serves as the guest editor-in-chief for the 9th annual health IT (information technology) issue of The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), out this month. The issue takes a close look at the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law in 2009 and committed billions of dollars to support widespread adoption of electronic health funds.
Topics explored in the issue include the efficacy of machine learning on predicting VA primary care reliance, health IT as it pertains to ambulatory care, predicting hospitalizations using electronic health records, and more. Dr. Adam Wilk, assistant professor of health policy and management, contributed to an article in the issue that speaks to issues of trust in provider care teams and information technology.
Dr. Graetz writes in her letter from the editor, “EHR systems, which compile a comprehensive patient record and facilitate communication across clinicians and with patients, have the potential to significantly improve care coordination and, ultimately, clinical care delivery. Still, a decade after the ARRA was enacted, it is clear that EHR systems are not silver bullets that will automatically result in better coordination of care and quality.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 24