Health agency targets medical errors with Internet tools

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

connection.

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."

Featured

  • Defense
    Soldiers from the Old Guard test the second iteration of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) capability set during an exercise at Fort Belvoir, VA in Fall 2019. Photo by Courtney Bacon

    IVAS and the future of defense acquisition

    The Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System has been in the works for years, but the potentially multibillion deal could mark a paradigm shift in how the Defense Department buys and leverages technology.

  • Cybersecurity
    Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff)

    Mayorkas announces cyber 'sprints' on ransomware, ICS, workforce

    The Homeland Security secretary announced a series of focused efforts to address issues around ransomware, critical infrastructure and the agency's workforce that will all be launched in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected