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Fixin' Healthcare

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Transformation Of Healthcare - Laying The Foundation

There are some advantages to the delayed application of a technology. Such might be the case with the electronic medical record. Now that the time is approaching, it offers the opportunity to think strategically about the potential.

Converting the current medical record to an electronic format provides opportunity for improvement of patient safety and efficiency of patient care in the medical setting. The potential for improved health status is greatly increased by expanding the format to a personal health record. Including health education, health promotion and preventive health care would be a giant step to realizing (w)holistic health care and rational self-directed health care.

The extra planning and effort would be small and inexpensive at this time and it would pay huge dividends in the future. Including it later would be costly for the time wasted. Health care is a participatory, not a spectator, activity and the American public needs to get with it.

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