Monthly archive for November 2011

Florida Trend: Healthy Progress in the Push for Digital Medical Records

Florida Trend: Healthy Progress in the Push for Digital Medical Records

In six years, the Big Bend Regional Healthcare Information Organization has amassed and digitized medical records of 500,000 individuals in Leon and eight surrounding counties. It expects to add 50,000 by the end of 2012. Despite a national push to create digital medical records, today’s healthcare industry remains 90% paper-driven, says volunteer Executive Director Allen Byington, one of five founders of the organization. “It’s been estimated that physicians often have to make clinical decisions based on 60% of the available information,” Byington says. Digital networking, meanwhile, “is much safer, reduces clinical errors and improves the outcome,” he says. Instant availability

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