Brammer C, Kirtane J, Beasley C. Improving health through health IT. Healthcare Executive. 2012 Sep/Oct;27(5):70-74.
In 2010, the Beacon Community Program launched to spur rapid advancement of health information technology among 17 leading communities deemed to be “beacons” in the adoption of electronic health records and health information exchange. These Beacon Communities are testing technologies that foster health and contribute to a new vision of patient-centered care. Four areas are emerging as vital to their success, relevant to a broad spectrum of health leaders and instructive as processes that can directly contribute to high-quality, safe care delivery.