ANCHOR LEAD: WILL ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORDS BE THE SALVATION OF HEALTH CARE COSTS? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
New York City government officials announced this week they will help establish electronic health records for residents, and New York is just the latest to join in such efforts in the hopes that a central record keeping operation will rein in out of control healthcare costs. Bill Brody, president of Johns Hopkins, says the VA, or Veterans Administration, provides a stellar example of how to do it right.
BRODY: Just converting your records to digital form or just implementing information technology makes it more efficient to commit errors. So instead of just losing your records we could lose the records for 10 million people at a fell swoop. But what the VA did was put in their electronic patient record things that allowed them to measure quality and then use those metrics to drive much better quality in the system and they have really transformed the system. :26
Perhaps when they take office, the new White House administration will take note. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.