Institute of Medicine: Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course For a System in Crisis; Part V: A Learning Health Care Information Technology System in Cancer Care
Welcome to part V; part I addressed the current landscape of cancer care, part II addressed patient-centered communication and shared decision-making, part III addressed the work force caring for patients with cancer and part IV addressed the evidence base for high quality care. Part V focuses on chapter 6 of the IOM’s report. This chapter focuses on information technology (IT). The potential for IT to improve the quality of health care and the pace of research was dramatic and mostly unrealized. Medical records systems were not primarily designed to improve the quality of care, improve coordination of care, or facilitate research to advance care in the future. Rather, they were designed around billing and coding. Most cannot even speak to each other. So, as far as information sharing between providers go, IT has not significantly improved the situation of our grandparent’s generation, when paper charts ruled.