Digitizing Health Information

imageOn the newest episode of Microsoft Health Tech Today we take a look at the challenges and opportunities associated with electronic medical records and the digitization of health information. My guest on the program is Dr. John Sobeck, a physician healthcare advisor to Dell’s healthcare and life sciences group.

The U.S. federal government’s HITECH Act is providing billions of dollars in stimulus funding to help hospitals and physicians transition from paper-based records to digital, electronic records. As I’ve often mentioned here on HealthBlog, America lags behind many other industrialized nations in the adoption and use of electronic records. The stimulus funding is definitely making an impact in the number of physicians who are now migrating to electronic records – a process that can be daunting, but in the end, quite rewarding. Physicians who demonstrate “meaningful use” of an electronic medical records solution according to criteria set by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, can qualify for tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements that will be paid out over the next several years. The reimbursements are meant to help physicians off-set some of the the costs associated with purchasing and implementing an EMR.

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On our program, Dr. Sobeck shares some thoughts on what this means to medical practice, clinical workflow, patient safety, and healthcare delivery. We also discuss some of the implications of cloud computing for electronic medical record solutions now and in the future.

You can watch the full show right here on HealthBlog (below), or on our Health Tech Today landing page where you can also view, on-demand, any of our past shows.

Microsoft Health Tech Today

Health Tech Today is the on-line, on-demand video series at the intersection of health and information technology. Keep up to date with our latest programs and other news about what’s happening in Health ICT around the world on HealthBlog.

Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft

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