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HHS in the 21st Century: Charting a New Course for a Healthier America
services, and opportunities for improvement. Used appropriately, it will facilitate the greater accountability this IOM committee recommends (see Chapter 6).
To assess the health of the American people andoverall health system performance accurately, thedepartment needs current data from the nation’shealth system. To facilitate collection of thesedata, the department should actively promote theuniversal adoption ofelectronic information capabilities—including health information exchangeand electronic medical, personal health records—for administrative and clinical purposes.
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