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House Proceeding 06-11-09 on Jun 11th, 2009 :: 2:58:40 to 3:02:50
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

2:58:36 to 2:58:56( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: patient to be, then by all mens we should incentivize that setting. ms. schwartz: the gentleman would yield. i appreciate very much your raising the issue of health information technology. you are absolutely right. the health industry has been so slow to really been involved in -- to really use the computer, to use information technology in

Allyson Y. Schwartz

2:58:40 to 3:02:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Allyson Y. Schwartz

2:58:57 to 2:59:17( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: a way that so many other industries have. and i think as any of us know who started out in our professionals careers not using computers, we sort of are a little slow to be anxious to do it. we were nervous about that. i remember someone who worked for me a number years ago who resisted completely. don't be silly, i know what i'm doing. i take notes.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

2:59:18 to 2:59:38( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: i do fine. we finally told her she had to use a computer. and i remember just a few months later the computer system went down and she was like, oh, my goodness, how can i function? imagine health care which has been so paper driven and so labor intensive. the idea that physicians would have at their fingertip even within their own city, even

Allyson Y. Schwartz

2:59:39 to 3:00:02( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: within their own medical practice sometimes, talking with a medical practitioner who said, sometimes i don't know a patient who had been in my office seeing another doctor the day before. because the notes weren't transcribed yet, i didn't know what happened. or three days ago. or a patient of mineho i was

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:00:03 to 3:00:23( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: visiting, and they said they now have the primary care physician has the ability to see the hospital records while their patient is in the hospital. they don't have to wait three weeks for the specialist who saw them in the hospital to write them a summary, have it dictated, and mail it to the primary care physician three weeks later or four weeks later.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:00:24 to 3:00:44( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: turns out those three or four weeks a after discharge for the patient to be following again advice of the physician. it's a very to be able to have contact with your primary care physician during that time and for the primary care physician to know firsthand what happened to you because of an electronic medical

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:00:45 to 3:01:06( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: record is extremely important to helping them be able to provide the right care for you. and preventing the readmission which is a huge cost for all of us. we have talked a lot about that in terms of infections. there are a lot of reasons why people get readmitted to the hospital. if we can prevent that by the right kind of home care, right kind of of attention from our primary care physician, that's

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:01:07 to 3:01:28( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: not going to only help tt person be healthier but get the care they want. one other mention on the -- electronic medical records, there are clinical protocols. we like to think every physician knows what to do with us. by and large they are pretty good.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:01:29 to 3:01:49( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: if you have to do all -- do five things for somebody when they come into you because they have some particular health condition and you tend to do four of those five most of the time, you're probably pretty good. but it turns out if you do all five every time, your patients are going tbe better off for it. so maybe we don't -- we are not

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:01:50 to 3:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: used to the fact the doctor might actually look that up on the electronic medical record and have to check it off. turns out it makes a big difference. you did remember to remind them to stop smoking and you did remember to tell a parent to put a child in a seat belt. all those things many seem so directly connected to what you are seeing them for, but make

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:02:12 to 3:02:33( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: sure that they get the care they need. remi them about a mammogram. it's time. a many woman who hasn't had a mammogram for three or four years. maybe it's time. not to mention obviously making sure they are taking the right medications. electronic medical records which u wrote the new dems championed we have a president who championed it as well.

Allyson Y. Schwartz

3:02:34 to 3:02:50( Edit History Discussion )

Allyson Y. Schwartz: we put in a $19 billion in the recovery and reinvestment act to help really push forward in a much more ambitious way the use of electronic medical records in our physicians offices and in our hospitals and have them be secure, private, and

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