Not having read the full text of the 2009 report from the National Research Council, Computational Technology for Effective Health Care: Immediate Steps and Strategic Directions, my comments are less informed and more opinion. That being said, I believe launching an artificial intelligence-based electronic health-record strategy makes a world of sense, and the opportunity to do so has never been greater. If, in fact, current thinking in EHR development is primarily driven by paper forms architectures, and possibly processing needs, it shouldnt come as a surprise. Even this area could do with an infusion of electronic integration and interoperability and is perhaps the lowest hanging fruit in an area that is rich with developmental opportunity.
EHR, processing could use e-integration surge
Introducing into EHRs and other healthcare IT applications concepts related to quality, effectiveness, accuracy and appropriateness, are of vital significance in moving the industry to a level of effectiveness and efficiency never before experienced. Im not certain these two approaches are mutually exclusive.
Eli SantiagoVice president, operationsHuman ArcCleveland
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