October 14, 2009 By News Report
CBS News' 10-minute video gives a short but comprehensive look at the issues and the realities of electronic medical records It includes a personal horror story by Dennis Quaid on a medical mistake that almost cost the lives of his then 12-day-old twins, and how simple bar-coding of medications and use of scanners can prevent that from happening. The video covers the benefits, costs, privacy concerns and other issues related to converting to electronic medical records with real-life examples from Kaiser Permanente. David Pogue -- New York Times tech columnist and GTC keynote speaker -- moderates.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.