Good insight here on medical records and their benefits. The horses on the ranch have health records too, although they are not in the same position of having the "privacy" concerns we face with data base use and/or misuse and I doubt the horses are reading emails, following up for appointments or filling prescriptions.
Overall the article makes a very good point that electronic records make sense for better health care, coupled with the use of telemedicine and other electronic devices coming to the market in health care. We have featured many articles here on how technology not only improves health care but the creative use and innovation at health care facilities is overall generally welcomed by patients as well. As Mr. Barrett states, he doesn't want a "broken" system when he needs it too, the same thought I am sure we all share. BD
Craig Barrett's latest cause comes partly because he's chairman of technology giant Intel Corp., which employs more than 90,000 people.
And it's partly because he's 67 and doesn't want the U.S. health-care system broken when he may need it.
Barrett is pushing the health-care industry to adopt technology to better track people who, because of chronic diseases or age, account for 80 percent of the U.S. spending on health care.
Barrett hosted a summit last week in Washington, D.C., that brought together experts from medical schools and insurers to nursing and caregiver groups to suggest steps for improving chronic care. For Intel the employer, health-care costs could hit $600 million this year and $1 billion by the end of the decade. That's an "appreciable fraction of our operating budget," he said.
That such electronic advantages are available for animals on his Montana ranch and not in human health care amazes Barrett . "From the high-tech perspective, I've seen every other industry in the world make the transition but this one," he said. "It's time for health care to turn from a mainframe-computer industry to a personal-computer industry."
"I have a ranch with 45 horses, and they all have electronic medical records, and they all get e-mail updates when their shots are needed," he told the summit.