Electronic medical orders may save lives

Frederik Joelving: Despite the encouraging findings, Longhurst said he was concerned about President Obama’s call for rapid implementation of the electronic system. “It should be rolled out by experienced experts,” he said. “And there are only so many experts in this country.” I too agree that it should be rolled out by very experienced people.…

Frederik Joelving:

Despite the encouraging findings, Longhurst said he was concerned about President Obama’s call for rapid implementation of the electronic system.

“It should be rolled out by experienced experts,” he said. “And there are only so many experts in this country.”

I too agree that it should be rolled out by very experienced people. I think the bigger picture with regard to digitizing the healthcare system in hospitals is going to be privacy and security. I think in general everyone agrees that better information (getting all the medical charts at once with computer alerts to allergies) will save lives.

The real question is what the cost to our privacy will be.

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