“Many in the field will argue that data is actually more secure in electronic format than paper. There are audit trails left every time an electronic health record is accessed, who accessed it, what results within the record have been accessed. Whereas with paper records, you have no idea who has looked at it, who made copies, what has been taken out of it.” —Michael Matthews, CEO of health information technology firm MedVirginia, in the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, on concerns
over the security of EHRs. “There are going to be healthcare entities that see this as a huge competitive opportunity and re-engineer around it. Leave it to companies to come up with ways to deliver cheaper coverage.” —Peter Saravis, CEO of Evive Health, in the Chicago Tribune on the effects of reform. “New Zealand used to lead the world (in health information technology), but unfortunately we’ve stopped and had a cup of tea for the past 10 years. The New Zealand health system is about the size of one hospital group in America but we have 20 different IT operations all struggling to get funding and with no money and no capacity to innovate.”
—Ian McCrae, CEO of Orion Health, in the Dominion Post on New Zealand’s move to better coordinate health IT and provide
electronic health records to every citizen by 2014.