Dr. Robert Kolodner
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Robert Kolodner, 59, advises HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt on health IT initiatives and oversees the federal government's efforts to get doctors, hospitals, and medical providers nationwide to adopt electronic medical records by 2014.
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Once information is online, there is always some risk. But paper records are not immune to risks. With electronic systems, you have the potential for greater protections with access controls and audit trails. Right now, only about 10% of U.S. doctors use electronic medical records compared to 90% in some countries. One of our challenges is to inspire communities to demand that their health care moves electronically. What if you could update one medical history online and get rid of that darn clipboard with the sheet of questions that you fill out in every doctor's office at every visit?"