The Public Role in Promoting Child Health Information Technology

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland, USA.
PEDIATRICS (Impact Factor: 5.47). 02/2009; 123 Suppl 2(Supplement):S125-7. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2008-1755O
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The public sector plays an important role in promoting child health information technology. Public sector support is essential in 5 main aspects of child health information technology, namely, data standards, pediatric functions in health information systems, privacy policies, research and implementation funding, and incentives for technology adoption. Some innovations in health information technology for adult populations can be transferred to or adapted for children, but there also are unique needs in the pediatric population. Development of health information technology that addresses children's needs and effective adoption of that technology are critical for US children to receive care of the highest possible quality in the future.

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