Archive for Monday, October 5, 2009

Sebelius to speak at Kansas City electronic health records conference

October 5, 2009


— U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is coming to Kansas City to speak at a conference dedicated to moving patient records from paper to computers.

Sebelius is scheduled to be the featured speaker Tuesday morning at the Cerner Health Conference.

The event is being organized by Cerner Corp., a North Kansas City-based company that develops and sells electronic records systems.

The Obama Administration is pushing hospitals and physicians' offices to convert patient records to electronic versions, claiming the switch will cut medical costs and help avoid medical errors.

Many health care providers have opposed switching to electronic systems, saying it's too expensive.


KEITHMILES05 8 years, 7 months ago

This is such a non-issue as many, many hospitals are already doing electronic and computer record keeping. The idea it'll save lots of money is absolutely bogus. This should be something Kathy is good at as she can't speak worth a hoot.

blindrabbit 8 years, 7 months ago

Maybe she ought to get Phill Klien out of Old Virginee to address the subject of sharing private health records with the public. I hear he is especially up-to-date on this subject as it relates to juvenile and late-term abortions.

Bob_Keeshan 8 years, 7 months ago

There is nothing bogus about the potential savings from electronic records.

One of the biggest cost drivers for family practices is record keeping and filing of insurance claims. Most insurance transactions are still paper based.

Just storing records on a computer is not the same as electronic record reform.

sizzleplate 8 years, 7 months ago

keithmiles you seem to have a well thought out opinion that you've obviously spent much time researching. Were you at any town hall meetings recently?

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 7 months ago

Bob: Very few insurance transactions are paper based. That is false.

overthemoon 8 years, 7 months ago

There is a big difference between insurance records and an integrated health care records system, just as there is a difference between health insurance reform (which we seem to be getting in favor of the inusurers) and health care reform (which has hardly been discussed at all). I been through the Cerner 'theatre' that demonstrates their integrated health care system and it is very impressive...and it puts the patient in control of their records and provides instant information for patient education as well as information for doctors, emergency workers, pharmacists and everyone who should know the history of patients they encounter.

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