Thursday, February 09, 2006

Pitfalls of Health Info Technology

The Center for Health Transformation, founded by Newt Gingrich, just posted an interactive map of the US to highlight "transforming solutions in Medicaid."

The map links do not appear to work with the Firefox web browser.

One of the stated goals of the group is to:

"Create secure electronic health records and e-prescribing with expert systems to maximize accuracy, minimize errors, reduce inefficiencies and improve care."

The unreliable map is a good example of how challenging it will be to guarantee interoperability of electronic infomation systems in health care... where the stakes are very high indeed.

"Page Cannot Be Displayed" is not want you want the ER doc to see when you roll in on a gurney and she's trying to access your electronic health record.