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“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.

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