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Health agency targets medical errors with Internet tools
(IDG) -- The Health Resources Services Administration last week unveiled an initiative to improve health care in HRSA-funded community health centers by providing physicians with Internet-based electronic document tools.
MedicaLogic Inc., Hillsboro, Ore., donated nearly $1 million of its Logician Internet online health record subscriptions, along with laptops, printers and training, to 200 physicians in 160 HRSA-funded health centers. Logician Internet provides doctors with electronic Medicaid/Medicare-compliant chart notes and secure access to patient data at any time via a dial-up Internet connection.
HRSA centers serve uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved people across the country. The new program should help stem medical errors in these centers by providing doctors with access to patient information, said HRSA administrator Claude Earl Fox.
Medical errors, which have received a lot of attention from the White House and the press, are the fifth leading source of deaths in the United States, according to Fox.
"This pilot program using Internet technology to curb medical records is in line with the [Clinton] administration's goal to cut medical errors by 50 percent in five years," Fox said. "This is the first opportunity for community heath centers to [partner] with the technology community."
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