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

The role of informatics in health care reform.

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Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Richard M. Lucas Center, CA 94305-5488, USA.

Abstract

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.

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22771052
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PMC3416921
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10.1016/j.acra.2012.05.006
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