COMPUTER-BASED PATIENT RECORD SYSTEM CAN IMPROVE QUALITY AND CUT COST OF MEDICAL CARE
COMPUTER-BASED PATIENT RECORD SYSTEM CAN
IMPROVE QUALITY AND CUT COST OF MEDICAL CARE
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer the Institute of Medicine completed a study on computer-based medical records and their ability to cut medical costs. As a result of that study, Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan held a meeting in November 1991 with chief executives of major insurance companies and representatives of physicians and hospital associations to underscore his concern in the basic concept of health care information gathering, storage, and dissemination. On Nov. 7, there was a special television satellite broadcast to address specific proposals for action and practical systems already in operation.
In addressing operational systems during the Nov. 7 telecast, David A. Cox, senior vice president of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), outlined the fully integrated Composite Health Care System (CHCS) which SAIC has developed for the Department of Defense. As Cox stated, "What hospital administrators throughout America are discussing in terms of expanding computerization, SAIC has already installed and is operating on a daily basis for the U.S. Armed Services. We have actually put theory into practice, improving health care delivery and reducing the overall expense."
Other members of the broadcast team included John H. Norris, vice president of the Hill and Knowlton Health Science Consulting Group, Dr. Edward H. Shortliffe, professor of medicine and computer service at Stanford University. Norris noted, "The Institute of Medicine has provided us with a perfect road map to reach our goal of implementing total computerization of patient records by the year 2000." Shortliffe added, "The incredible advantages offered by universal computerization of record keeping will certainly produce improvements in care -- and even saving of life -- together with lower of costs."
Cox, Norris, Shortliffe and others will participate in a full day satellite broadcast conference on Jan. 15, 1992, on "CPR 2001: The Role of Computer-Based Patient Record Systems in Advancing Worldwide Health Care by the Year 2001." President Bush is expected to introduce the eight-hour telecast which will be beamed to over 500 universities, medical centers, private hospitals, VA and DOD hospitals throughout the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. This special broadcast was conceived and produced by the World Healthcare Council and will feature leading specialists in the emerging field of Computer-Based Patient Records (CPR).
Current NBS estimates call for the Jan. 15 program to be transmitted to as many as 500 viewing sites throughout the United States. The expanded audience will include hospitals and related health care treatment and research facilities. Also included will be corporate locations and viewing centers serving the communications, information technologies and insurance industries, as well as federal, state and local government offices concerned with health care services.
SAIC, a high technology and systems integration company, is designing and implementing a billion-dollar program to computerize U.S. military health care records. With annual revenues of $1.2 billion, SAIC has more than 13,300 employees in over 200 offices worldwide.
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