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Modernizing Medicine: Health Care in the Information Age

As medical records are digitized and information technology becomes more sophisticated, physicians and hospitals face a rapid transformation in the way they treat patients and track diseases

  • April 12, 2010

Moving forward with electronic health records

NEW YORK—Almost a year since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which earmarked some $19 billion to get electronic health records off the ground, most of the country's medical and research institutions are still primarily pushing paper.

February 5, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Fewer deaths in hospitals with computerized records

Don't underestimate the value of good bookkeeping. A new study says that your chance of dying and suffering complications is lower in hospitals and clinics that computerize patient charts and drug orders.

January 27, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Physician, Heal Thyself

Disagreement swirls around a plan to prevent errors in hospitals

May 1, 2000 — Mark Alpert

Is Obama right that technology can lower health care costs?

Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world watched the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as he vowed to rebuild and reunite a fractured nation facing war, economic turmoil and other major challenges.

January 20, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

RFID in the hospital: Not so private eyes are watching you

You’ve been tagged.

Hospitals are increasingly using electronic-monitoring equipment to track patients, employees and medical devices to prevent them from going the way of the Junior Mint Seinfeld ’s Kramer infamously dropped into an open surgical patient.

November 12, 2008 — Jordan Lite