Saturday, July 17, 2010

Donald Berwick on the job---remarks about EMRs

From the Boston Globe:

Berwick opened his brief speech with forward-looking remarks, reminding the audience of President Obama's goal to have electronic health care records available to all Americans by 2014. “What we have at stake is the future of health care itself,” said Berwick. “The benefits of a modernized health information technology help everyone. It’s a win-win, right across the board.”

“It’s going to be less costly in exactly the ways that we all want to reduce cost, by taking out barriers and complexity,” said Berwick.

Well, maybe so eventually, but not for a long, long time. You can tell Berwick hasn’t worked in the trenches of patient care in a while.

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