Thursday, May 3, 2012

Newt Gingrich's Saving Lives & Saving Money 11

In my latest reading of Saving Lives & Saving Money: Transforming Health and Healthcare, Newt Gingrich praises a Computerized Patient Record System that the Veterans Administration plans to use:

"The provider 'view,' Computerized Patient Record System, organizes and presents all relevant patient data in a way that directly supports clinical decision making.  The comprehensive cover sheet displays timely, patient-centric information, including active problems, allergies, current medications, recent laboratory results, vital signs, hospitalization, and outpatient clinic history.  This information is displayed immediately when a patient is selected and provides an accurate overview of the patient's current status before any clinical interventions are ordered."

This makes sense.  It's better than what happens a lot of times now, when doctors ask patients the same questions over and over (i.e., Have you ever been hospitalized?  Do you use medications?, etc.), or the right hand may not know what the left hand is doing.

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