September 2007, Volume 37 Number 9 , p 26 - 27
Scalzi, Tony RN, BA, BSN
Tony Scalzi is a clinical application coordinator in clinical informatics at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, Ga. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and don't reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. Government.
THREE OF THE BIGGEST challenges now facing health care in the United States are reducing preventable errors, improving communication among health care providers and facilities, and controlling the cost of medical care.
Would you believe that one solution addresses all of these issues—and that the U.S. government is a leader in implementing it? Innovations in electronic record keeping made by the Veterans Administration (VA) have dramatically improved communication and patient safety within the VA system without increasing costs. (See Kudos for VA innovations .) In this article, I'll highlight ...