In response to "Incentivize EHR use in pediatrics, too":
Lifelong records would improve public health
I agree with Mr. Contento. If we put all our effort into records for poor and elderly adults, we will only be capturing their care from a point forward that most likely omits important health history. Their care will be improved, no doubt, but if we can start off our newborns with an EHR, we will create a whole generation whose care will be based on complete, accurate, portable, lifelong records. This would improve the overall quality of public health and prevent the government from shouldering as great a cost for care when this generation reaches Medicare age.
Sharon YeagerChildren's Hospital of Pittsburgh FoundationPittsburgh
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