Electronic Medical Records
Panel discussion during "The Future of Health Innovation: Bridging Danish and US Innovation in Health"
on October 30, 2010
While "EMR" has been common practice in Denmark for years in both primary and secondary care, paper-based records are still by far the preferred method of recording patient information for most hospitals and practices in the U.S..
Recognizing the intense need to increase the nation's health system efficiency, reduce cost and improve quality, the Obama Administration signed into law the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, also known as HITECH, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA"), on February 17, 2009. HITECH allocates $19 billion to hospitals and physicians who demonstrate Meaningful Use of Electronic Medical Records, and sets goals for “the utilization of an Electronic Health Record for each person in the United States by 2014”.
The HITECH stimulus has boosted EMR technology investments. A variety of low cost or even free solutions are now available to physicians, who can run them online with minimal setup, or even on an iPad. Essinova has recently featured several of these innovative offerings, such as CareCloud, Practice Fusion and DrChrono.
The panel discussion in this video, recorded during "The Future of Health Innovation", provides more background and a global view of key issues confronting EMR adoption, from standards and interoperability to privacy and security. A clinician, a health administrator, a health IT executive and an EMR start-up engineering lead bring their perspectives on these issues, from both the U.S. and Denmark.
Henning Bruun-Schmidt, Business Development Executive, IBM ACURE
Adams Dudley, M.D., M.B.A., Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at UCSF
Matthew Douglass, VP of Engineers, Practice Fusion
Lene Asholm, Assistant Manager, Health Documentation at Denmark National Board of Health
Moderated by: Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO, SDForum
Tags: EMR, EHR, PHR, electronic health records, electronic medical records, IBM, Practice Fusion, UCSF, National Board of Health, The Future of Health Innovation, Innovation Center of Denmark, Denmark, SD Forum