“Think of a typical hospital waiting room, and the infamous clipboard where somebody is being asked to put together their medical history and prescription regime by memory, and add a huge traumatic incident on top of that. There’s no question that ... the availability of an electronic record may have actually saved lives. They were able to immediately go into the treatment phase and not spend a lot of energy trying to reconstruct” records. —HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week in Joplin, Mo., on
how St. John’s Regional Medical Center’s recently adopted electronic medical-record system helped patients when the hospital
was destroyed by a tornado this year.