October 24, 2004

Better health through e-records in medicine

Health info technology needs breakthroughs in provider adoption, common standards and technology and patient ownership of their records. The result of an improved care network will be improved health, according to Dr. David Brailer, first national health information technology coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). E-records vital to health strategy (Federal Computer Week, Oct. 24, 2004).

Dr. Brailer's objectives include:

  • overcoming provider inertia regarding the use of electronic records, and
  • connecting practitioners with shared infrastructure for information that is founded on common standards and technologies, including Web services, authentication and other security tools.

    A 174-page June 21, 2004 HHS report: "Decade of Health Information Technology" provides a framework for strategic action.


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