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Ashish Jha on Digitization of Health Records in the US

Ashish Jha, Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and practicing physician at the VA, discussed the digitization of health records on NPR’s OnPoint on Wednesday, April 22. You can hear the entire episode here at OnPoint Radio’s site:¬†http://www.onpointradio.org/2009/04/tracking-electronic-medical-records. My favorite quote, in response to why automate a broken system rather than fix the fundamental problem:

“We can’t fix the healthcare system without IT, but IT alone can’t fix it.”

Dr. Ashish Jha also recently published an excellent article entitled¬†Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Jha and colleagues found that only 1.5% of hospitals have comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) systems and an additional 7.6% have basic EMR systems. Hospitals cited capital costs and high maintenance costs as primary obstacles to adoption. President Obama’s plan for every American to have an electronic health record by 2014 appears even more ambitious in light of these numbers.

Dr. Ashish Jha will be speaking at the Public Health & Technology Conference on Friday, May 1 at the Harvard School of Public Health. Details of the conference and free registration are available here: www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat.

PHAT Conference Schedule – May 1

The Public Health & Technology on May 1, 2009 schedule is below. It’s not too late to register: www.hsph.harvard.edu/phat. I will post all the video on this blog as soon as it is available.

10:00 am, Kresge Ground Floor
Registration Begins

10:30 am, Kresge G-2
Introduction – Health Information Technology: Where are we in 2009?

Ashish Jha, MD, MPH, Professor, Health Policy & Management, Harvard School of Public Health


11:00 am, Kresge G-2
Panel – Health Information Exchange

  • ModeratorBlackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc; Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development; Chairman of the Center for Information Technology Leadership (CITL); Partners Healthcare System
  • Ray Campbell; Executive Director & CEO, Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
  • David Cerino, MBA; General Manager, Consumer Health Solutions Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • John Loonsk, MD; Vice President, CGI Federal, Inc.
  • John Moore; Founder and Managing Director, Chilmark Research

12:30 pm, Kresge G-1
Keynote – Connecting Patients, Providers, and Payers

John Halamka, MD, MS; Chief Information Officer, CareGroup Health System; Dean for Technology, Harvard Medical School; Chairman, New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network; CEO, MA-SHARE; Chair, US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP)


1:30 pm, FXB Atrium
Networking Lunch with Speakers and Invited Guests

2:30 pm, Kresge G-1
Panel – Health Information Technology & the Stimulus Bill

  • ModeratorKaren Bell, MD, MMS; Sr. Vice President, Health Information Technology Services
  • Jonathan Bush, MBA; CEO, President, & Chairman, AthenaHealth
  • Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM; Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean, Case Western School of Law; Co-Director, Law-Medicine Center
  • Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD; Director, Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program; Professor, Pediatrics and Health Sciences & Technology, Harvard Medical School