Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

“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.

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