In its pursoot to alleviate the health care industry’s burden with paperwork, IBM and other technological companies involved in health care have opted to make patient health records digital…50 years ago! I came across an article entitled “The “Miracle” Of Digital Health Records, 50 Years Ago” written by Steve Lohr in the New York Times. This is incredible!
“The bold predictions of the 1990s that the Internet would disrupt whole industries like retailing and media really did happen — about a decade later. For the information technology revolution in health care? Apparently, it’s 50 years and counting.” [Source.]
“The Obama administration is spending billions to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records, with incentive payments of more than $40,000 per physician over five years. By 2011, 34 percent of the nation’s doctors had adopted electronic health records, up from 17 percent three years earlier, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” [Source.]