Technology is revolutionizing how health care works and the way health is measured. Health care informatics draws on the fields of engineering, computer science, communications, and organizational theory to integrate and streamline health care. New sensor technology transforms how caregivers monitor patients, and patients monitor themselves. Electronic health records give us powerful new tools to document information from clinical encounters, share it with other providers, and use it to improve care. Advanced scanning and software tools allow handwritten records to be digitized and used for a wide variety of clinical and research purposes.
NORC partners with state and federal agencies, insurance companies, and others to conduct program evaluations, provide technical assistance, and facilitate strategic planning in health informatics. NORC also develops and tests new tools and techniques for gathering, interpreting, visualizing, and sharing health care data—clinical, financial, and administrative—while protecting patient privacy and confidentiality.