How IT Can Help Improve Healthcare

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    Ericka Chickowski

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94 percent of doctors said their patients at least sometimes forget or lose track of potentially important things they are told during doctor visits.
Both patients and doctors agree, IT holds the key to drastically improving healthcare if it can solve some critical collaboration problems in the near future. The recent Markle Survey of Health in a Networked Life released last week by the Markle Foundation found that physicians and patients believe that care effectiveness and efficiency could be improved if doctors were better able to electronically share information with each other and with patients throughout the care giving system. "Doctors and patients agree on the importance of putting accurate information in their hands to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care," Markle President Zoƫ Baird said. However, the current system today is nowhere near ready to offer that kind of collaboration. Channel Insider takes a look at some of the survey results, which came from querying over 1,500 patients and nearly 800 physicians nationwide.
This article was originally published on 2011-02-17