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Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted in 2009, health care has undergone a tremendous transformation in digitizing care. By 2016, more than 78% of doctors and 96% of hospitals were using certified health information technology (HIT). The field at large is now vibrant with opportunities seen in many other industries in an era of data and consumer revolution. This momentum is expanding to a broader set of health care industry stakeholders, all of whom are invested in achieving interoperability through a value-focused, patient-centered, and secure data sharing framework. A recent publication from the National Academy of Medicine entitled “Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care” makes a strong case for a more strategic and streamlined process for HIT acquisition as one under-leveraged opportunity to transform the field.

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