Monday, April 20, 2009

Health Care's Cure: Electronic Records - Forbes.com

Health Care's Cure: Electronic Records - Forbes.com: "Electronic medical records can reduce myriad health care costs.

Walk into any doctor's office or hospital around the country and the first thing that you'll be greeted with is a request for information, no matter how many times you've filled out these documents before.

The lack of computer automation in the U.S. health care system is both surprising and appalling, given the amount of money that's being poured into medical research and the rising cost of premiums for health coverage. Insurance companies seem remarkably good at trimming services for patient care, mandating such things as pre-approval for many tests and operations, and limiting the amount of money being paid for various medical procedures. Yet they have done little to put pressure on one of the costliest inefficiencies in the medical system."

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