Galloping Fragmentation of Healthcare: A Transatlantic Perspective: E-healthcare. Don't leave home without it.

Prof. Alan Garfield
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This presentation will examine the nature of proposed transatlantic solutions to the problem of galloping fragmentation in the healthcare systems between the United States and the EU. For years, GPs, IT professionals, and patient safety advocates have argued that switching from paper-based medical records to electronic records would help prevent some of the medical errors that can result when physicians have incomplete or limited access to a patient's entire medical history. Recently these arguments have taken an economic and political life within various funding state bodies. While overall adoption remains sluggish, many healthcare organizations have implemented EPR systems internally, regionally, and in cross-border experiments. This paper will provide a snapshot of where we are in this process and propose where we have yet to go. Key barriers differ across the member states of the EU which inhibit implementation. Will the future of a virtual EPRs herald a new day in healthcare or shades of Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World?

Keywords: Healthcare, Electronic Patient Record, Healthcare Informatics, General Practitioner, Web based healthcare systems, Free-text coding, HL7
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Galloping Fragmentation of Healthcare: A Transatlantic Perspective

Prof. Alan Garfield

Chair, Computer Graphics and Interactive Media, University of Dubuque, Donegal Medical Systems

Research and publication in interface issues in computer graphics and healthcare informatics in the USA and the EU.

Ref: T05P0246