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Are electronic health records really the answer to what ails us?


As soon as I saw the headline, I knew I wanted to blog about it.  But work keeps getting in the way, so I haven't even had a chance to read all the way through the article in the April 23rd issue of Business Week.

Fortunately, my colleague Richard Adler, had reason to write up a summary of the piece.  Here are his notes, verbatim:

IBM's vision for . . .

So says IBM.  It also proclaims:

Technology alone can't cure what ails us. But it can help those who treat our illnesses, heal our injuries, and find new ways ot battle diseases do it even better. It can also help healthy individuals to make smarter choices about their health and care.

The continuing challenges of RHIOs and EHRs

In August, I wrote about the demise of the Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in Santa Barbara. In January, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) published a discouraging report about these collaborative health information technology (IT) offerings.

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