National Academy of Medicine

Our Learning Health Care System Journey

By John Halamka
July 13, 2012 | Commentary

The policy drivers behind meaningful use are improving quality, enhancing safety, and increasing efficiency in our health care system. In my view, health care in the United States lacks “systemness” instead relying on disconnected hospitals, clinician offices, labs, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. How will meaningful use achieve its policy goals and bring us to a future state of coordinated care, a focus on wellness, and broad dissemination of best practices?

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