There has been much discussion about the use of clinical
connectivity to improve provider-patient relationships and health
care outcomes. A 1999 Institute of Medicine report estimated that
98,000 patient deaths per year are due to medical errors-errors
that could be substantially reduced through such means as automated
drug order entry and better communication between and among providers.
The second IOM report, Crossing
the Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century,
underscored the importance of information technologies in system
Although many new digital devices have been successfully used to improve patient care and reduce costs, a recent study indicated that only 13% of providers are taking advantage of these new digital technologies. Among the reasons for this slow adoption rate are the lack of investment capital, the complexity of health systems, and simple personal resistance to change.
The Symposium on eHealth & Technology
examined the above issues and develop specific actions for removing
the barriers to more rapid and widespread diffusion of digital technologies
in the provision of care to improve patient outcomes throughout
California and the nation at large.
The conference bought together a faculty of over 60 leading
health care executives, clinicians, new technology thinkers, and
health service researchers, and over 250 of California’s health
care leaders for a series of practical and interactive sessions
to discuss the implications of technology innovation and the Internet
for the provision of health care services in California.
The Symposium on eHealth & Technology Stategies
to Improve Care Delivery in California was an invitation-only
conference sponsored by the Center
for Health Research at the University
of California, Berkeley, and supported by a grant
from the California
for Health Research is a group of over 60 faculty
researchers on the Berkeley and San Francisco campuses of
the University of California. Its members come from many of the
social sciences: economics, demography, political science, public
health, business, psychology, social welfare, and sociology.
Established in January 2001, the Center for Health Research serves as a forum for bringing
together social scientists and other investigators across the campus
to address the many challenging issues facing the health sector
of society. It is an integral component of the University's overall
Health Sciences Initiative. The Center aspires to be one of the
nation's leaders for producing new understanding of the multiple
factors affecting health, health care delivery, and technological
The California HealthCare Foundation, based in Oakland, California, is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of the people of California.