Dr. Jack Lewin
The Atlanta Journal Constitution
In today's world there are too many prescriptions, too many procedures, and too many variables for doctors still to be relying on paper records that cannot be readily cross-referenced, shared or accessed. Systems that share medical records, warn of drug interactions and facilitate the process of healing are absolutely necessary.
It's a shame that many in the medical community have resisted progress, and it is unfortunate our government has not stepped in to promote implementation and adoption of health IT infrastructure and standards.
Both President Barack Obama and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary-designate Tom Daschle have committed to improving this country's health IT infrastructure. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Daschle said that health IT needs to be "a higher priority" and that the government needs to set standards. Hopefully that is more than just talk.
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