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PCAST report: Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering

Published Monday, June 2, 2014

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the report Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering.

The report offers seven recommendations.

  1. Accelerate the alignment of payment incentives and reported information with better outcomes for individuals and populations.
  2. Accelerate efforts to develop the Nation’s health-data infrastructure.
  3. Provide national leadership in systems engineering by increasing the supply of data available to benchmark performance, understand a community's health, and examine broader regional or national trends.
  4. Increase technical assistance (for a defined period—3-5 years) to health-care professionals and communities in applying systems approaches.
  5. Support efforts to engage communities in systematic health-care improvement.
  6. Establish awards, challenges, and prizes to promote the use of systems methods and tools in health care.
  7. Build competencies and workforce for redesigning health care

PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise President Obama and the Executive Office of the President. PCAST makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening the economy and forming policy that works for the American people.

Dr. Paul Kleeberg, chief medical informatics officer, Stratis Health and clinical director for REACH, the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT, was among the prominent health-care and systems-engineering experts that participated in the panels at the PCAST Systems Engineering for Healthcare Workshop on July 16, 2013, in Washington, DC, that informed the report.

Dr. Kleeberg is chair elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and a member of the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee.

See PCAST report >