Forum Session

Electronic Health Records: How Close? How Far to Go?
October 27, 2004


Lisa Sprague, MBA


This meeting looked at electronic health records (EHRs) in use today and what has prompted health plans and physicians to invest in them. It examined how an EHR system can enhance clinical management, provider communication, and patient self-management, and also explored implementation challenges and barriers to more widespread adoption. Finally, the meeting considered initiatives to roll out a personal health record (PHR), as complements to or interim steps in the direction of a nationally interoperable EHR system.


Fred Brodsky, MD, Director of Clinical Information Services, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; James M. Walker, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Geisinger Health System; Don Detmer, MD, MA, President, American Medical Informatics Association and Professor Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education, Department of Health Evaluation Sciences, University of Virginia

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