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Visions: Wade offers straight talk on e-medical records

Editor's note: John Wade, VP/CIO, Saint Luke's Health System of Kansas City, will be a keynote speaker at the annual Digital Healthcare Conference May 9 and 10 in Madison. He recently spoke to WTN from his Kansas City office and offered a candid assessment of the state of health information technology.

WTN: W......

Full article >>> ou take that barrier away, now what's your problem?

WTN: We have hospitals here that have put doctors and nurses right in the development process whenever an IT implementation is being designed. They are part of the process, and that helps with buy-in. Have you seen that approach work elsewhere?

Wade: That's definitely the approach at St. Luke's, where I'm still wor......

Full article >>> as we go down, the employers, and I think as we go [further] down the road, financial organizations are going to take a bigger and bigger role in the RHIO operations.

This whole idea of information banks, I think beyond just the data storage, I think the issue of financial transactions, as we move into patients being more responsible for the cost of their own care and how they set up th......

Full article >>> e the only hope, but I think they are the major hope. There are other ways to have organizations become more efficient. In fact, if you were to do a case study at St. Luke's here in Kansas City, what you'd see is the process changes occurred before the automation changes. So there are still lots of opportunities in healthcare to revise processes and come up with things like best practices, by regi......

Full article >>> ongressmen and certain senators proposing legislation that could make the privacy issue volatile in this country, that it will have a negative impact on the deployment of EMRs.

I think you'll see the dentist you referred to say, "See, if the legislators don't think there is enough privacy in the current environment for me to go out and invest in my electronic system, therefore I'm not." I......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Joe Vanden Plas 04/09/07


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