Rural Health Care in the Electronic Age (Danville, PA)
November 6–7, 2003
Lisa Sprague, MBA & Nora Super
This site visit to the Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania explored the use of technology in providing health care to an aging, rural population with a high index of chronic-care needs. The agenda included an in-depth examination of Geisinger’s electronic medical record and its use in various domains of care, including outpatient clinics, disease management, and non-Geisinger medical practices and community hospitals. The program also highlighted specific care management initiatives in the areas of radiology, stroke, and obesity. Geisinger’s advantages as an integrated system dominant in its market, with the resources to invest in technology were weighed in considering how portable its achievements might prove to other parts of the country.