Health Information Technology Policy

Health information technology (HIT), including electronic medical records (EMRs), health information exchanges (HIE), and health insurance exchanges (HIX), is seen as essential infrastructure for improving our health care system and supporting health reform efforts. While HIT has great potential to drive health care transformation, widespread adoption of these technologies presents a number of policy issues that need to be addressed, including

  • Governance and leadership
  • Collaboration among stakeholders, including state and federal government agencies
  • Appropriate standards for data creation and exchange
  • Privacy and security of consumer information
  • Financing and sustainability
  • Linkages across public and private systems in support of health care reform efforts

UMass Medical School’s Public Sector Health Information Technology Policy Group has been established to provide policy research, analysis, and thought leadership to support policy development and implementation efforts for public sector health care programs and stakeholders.

Key Focus Areas

  • Applying policy research to the intersection of HIT and public sector health care delivery
  • Evaluating the outcomes (cost, quality, and access) of using health information technologies
  • Helping public sector agencies leverage HIT, HIE, and HIX to improve effectiveness, measure and improve program quality, and promote transparency and value

Key Projects

The Public Sector Health Information Technology Policy Group has completed a number of funded projects at the federal and state levels to develop policy and program recommendations for HIT and HIE initiatives.

Key Staff

Jay Himmelstein  Jay Himmelstein M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Health Policy Strategist
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
   
Michael Tutty Michael Tutty, M.H.A., Ph.D.
Director, Office of Health Policy and Technology
Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
   
Shaun Alfreds  Shaun T. Alfreds, M.B.A., CPHIT
Senior Policy Consultant
Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Learn More

Jay S. Himmelstein
(508) 856-3957
jay.himmelstein@umassmed.edu