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IOM Report: Lowering Costs and Improving Quality of Care

PAMF’s Dr. Paul Tang Member of the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health Care System Committee

The increasing complexity and escalating costs of health care in the United States threaten the nation’s economic stability and undermine progress in improving Americans’ health. Medical care lags behind many other industries in its ability to meet needs, offer choice, and become safer and more affordable to those it serves.

Paul Tang, M.D.

On September, 6, 2012, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its latest report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America, which details ways to bring about better quality care at lower cost by harnessing existing knowledge and technologies. The report calls for a transformation of the health care system into one that continuously improves, and it describes the specific steps that should be taken by all participants — including care providers, hospital and clinic managers, health insurers, policymakers, clinical researchers, and patients and their families — to achieve this improved system.

“This report provides a framework for creating a health care delivery system in America that continuously learns and continuously improves.  It leverages something America already does very well – innovation – and applies that to health care,” according to Paul Tang, M.D., M.S., internist and vice president, chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and the PAMF Innovation Center.

Dr. Tang is an elected member of the IOM and has participated on a number of IOM studies, including a patient-safety study he chaired, which published two reports: Patient Safety: A New Standard for Care, and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System.

Further information on the report from the IOM