Health agency targets medical errors with Internet tools
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 03, 2000
The Health Resources Services Administration last week unveiled an initiative
to improve health care in HRSA-funded community health centers by providing
physicians with Internet-based electronic document tools.
MedicaLogic Inc., Hillsboro, Ore., donated nearly $1 million of its Logician
Internet online health record subscriptions, along with laptops, printers
and training, to 200 physicians in 160 HRSA-funded health centers. Logician
Internet provides doctors with electronic Medicaid/Medicare-compliant chart
notes and secure access to patient data at any time via a dial-up Internet
HRSA centers serve uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved people
across the country. The new program should help stem medical errors in these
centers by providing doctors with access to patient information, said HRSA
administrator Claude Earl Fox.
Medical errors, which have received a lot of attention from the White House
and the press, are the fifth leading source of deaths in the United States,
according to Fox.
"This pilot program using Internet technology to curb medical records is
in line with the [Clinton] administration's goal to cut medical errors by
50 percent in five years," Fox said. "This is the first opportunity for
community heath centers to [partner] with the technology community."