If history is any judge.  Questions Surround Administration’s Plan to Spend $19 Billion Computerizing Medical Records

What’s the plan?

“We need to get this right,” said Dr. David Kibbe, a senior adviser at the American Academy of Family Physicians. “Adoption of information technology for its own sake really is not the end game.”

The end game, Kibbe and others say, is for doctors’ offices and hospitals to be able to easily share patient information, something the vast majority can’t do today. That would cut down on mistaken and unnecessary procedures and give doctors faster access to more accurate information about patients’ medical histories and drug regimens.

The results from past government efforts?

The FBI spent four years and $170 million trying to modernize its paper-based case system, only to kill the project in 2005. Before that, the Federal Aviation Administration wasted more than $1 billion trying to overhaul the air traffic control system.

It will work this time, though.  They promise.

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