In 1998, as part of a comprehensive effort to improve quality of care, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined health care quality as: "The degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge." The improvement of health care quality and efficiency for children depends upon the ability not only to affect, but also to observe and to measure the quality of health care. This is especially true for the pediatric population. Health IT in the pediatric setting can be a powerful tool to improve quality and efficiency. This module addresses several important questions relating to health IT and quality of care for children.
How can health IT improve efficiency of care delivery?
Are there benchmarks and best practices to measure or to promote quality and efficiency?
What functions are required of a health IT system in order to improve quality?
How can health IT improve health promotion and disease prevention? What is the role of oral health? Genetic and newborn hearing screening?
How can health IT optimize behavioral health outcomes?
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