Humans are fallible. Humans entering data into healthcare records are no different. Even if there is internal reliability (within a hospital), in the era of data sharing across institutions on variable EHRs, there is increasing room for error.
Three separate studies published within the past few weeks make it pretty clear that the rapid pace of technological advancement too often comes to a screeching halt at the doors of clinical healthcare settings. That's astonishing.
For children living in underserved communities who often can't get the preventive or specialty care that they need, health care technologies mean a child with autism living in a rural town could visit with a specialized behavioral therapist via videoconference instead of driving hours on end.
If we want to deliver high-value, quality care to patients and families, we need to invest in better ways to deliver care -- not undermine the agencies that are making real the improvements our health care system needs.
People are clamoring for heads to roll, and the president is talking about what just could be the geekiest, most obscure topic ever to clog a federal bureaucrat's inbox. Procurement reform? Has he gone off the deep end?
As we roll out the technology to implement the Affordable Care Act -- with millions of Americans signing up for the first time -- attempts to find and exploit weaknesses in the system are bound to increase.
Although some progressive healthcare providers have begun to transition to digitization, enabling faster and more complete access to patient data, we still have a long way to go toward achieving seamless process and business innovation in healthcare.
Many Brooklyn communities are Health Professional Shortage Areas, which explains, in part, why so many individuals rely on local hospital emergency departments for non-urgent care. Solving Brooklyn's health care system crisis can't wait.
Despite heated political debates on the future of our health care system, there is bipartisan agreement that health information technology can be a powerful tool to transform and modernize the delivery of health care in our country.
While the power of technology will and should continue to evolve and drive health care forward, technology like avatars, diagnostic supercomputers and automated service must not be considered a replacement for human interaction.
The medical community may increasingly rely on electronic medical records, and patients can help by making sure these records are 100 percent accurate. Ask your doctor as well as your insurer as to how to access your medical information online.
I'm always surprised that some people still buy into the myth that America has the greatest health system in the world. We spend so much money on health care, but those dollars have not translated to good health.
There are many changes going on in the health care system at this very moment, and you may not hear much about them -- in fact, you probably won't -- but these changes are ultimately going to improve health care delivery.