November 13, 2007, By Cindy Atoji, Digital HealthCare & Productivity
Fashioning a definitive
health information technology (HIT) solution is impossible without
arriving at a clearer consensus on broader healthcare policy, says Mark
Frisse of Vanderbilt
Center for Better Health. Indeed some HIT efforts, such as
the recent attempt by ONC
(Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology)
to develop consensus-based definitions for key health information
technology terms, may be premature in some areas, suggests Frisse.
Frisse is the director of
Vanderbilt’s regional informatics programs and has helped efforts to
develop a statewide health information infrastructure to support
Tennessee Medicaid patients. He is also helping to spearhead a
demonstration project in the Memphis area and is actively involved in
activities sponsored by the Markle
Foundation and the eHealth Initiative.
Frisse recently spoke with Digital HealthCare &
Productivity on the need to align policies and incentives for
health information sharing.