Then and Now

By Anna Maria Virzi  |  Posted 2006-10-02 Email Print this article Print

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After maintaining paper records for decades, the renowned health-care provider has embraced digitized health information systems to better manage patient care and trim costs. Adoption has brought some pain.

Then and Now

Health Care: Electronic Records
5 Years Ago Today 5 Years from Now
Health-care providers primarily use paper records for billing and scheduling. Up to 20% of physicians' offices and 25% of hospitals use electronic patient records, but not all records or systems are able to share information. Leading medical researchers work with health-care providers to enhance their use of computer systems; aim is to collect and analyze patient information to tailor treatment for individuals.

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Anna Maria was assistant managing editor She held the posts of news editor and executive editor at Internet World magazine and was city editor and Washington correspondent for the Connecticut Post, a daily newspaper in Bridgeport. Anna Maria has a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.


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