Health IT for Consumers

The Commonwealth Fund's information technology (IT)-enabled consumer initiative focuses on the promise of digital tools and services in empowering people to improve their health and obtain health care services in new and less costly ways. By leveraging information technologies, we can transform how patients and their caregivers manage their health and health care and how they engage with the health care system. The Fund’s research and grantmaking aims to break down the policy and regulatory, business, and cultural barriers to realizing a health IT-enabled consumer.

  • How a Digital Health Advisor Could Help High-Need, High-Cost Patients and Their Caregivers

    Last May, The Commonwealth Fund outlined a vision for a digital health advisor (DHA), an integrated suite of digital services designed to help consumers deal with a broad range of health-related questions, decisions, or tasks. Such a tool would provide answers, connect with care providers, and empower people to achieve...

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  • Envisioning a Digital Health Advisor

    Even as the digital revolution sweeps through our daily lives, our interactions with the U.S. health care industry have changed very little. Increasingly, people are asking why the smartphones and computers that enable us to get directions, transfer money, or book a vacation are unable to also help us answer...

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Lovisa Gustafsson
Program Officer, Breakthrough Health Care Opportunities, The Commonwealth Fund


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