2004-07-08 00:00:00

Electronic Medical Record — Friend or Foe?

In just two weeks, the first installment of a national health information technology plan will be delivered when HHS convenes Cornerstones for Electronic Healthcare. on July 21-23 at the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center.

With President Bush’s mandate for a national EMR within 10 years, healthcare organizations are beginning to debate the benefits of the EMR and whose is going to foot the bill.

While the benefits of the EMR are not doubted ?????????????????? improved efficiency and patient safety ?????????????????? the cost of the technology has prohibited many organizations from implementing healthcare information technology.

During recent testimony before the Subcommittee on Health of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Andrew M. Wiesenthal, M.D., Associate Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente, called on Congress to provide financial incentives to healthcare organizations to implement electronic medical records. To read the full testimony of Dr. Wiesenthal and others, visit:
http://waysandmeans.house.gov/hearings.asp?formmode=detail&hearing=155

We’ll keep you posted after July 23.

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