The article in the LA Times starts with this: “Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s recent partnership with a nonprofit group is designed to make access and delivery of electronic medical records more efficient for those in its network.” People outside the medical world are probably a little confused by this. They may be thinking, wait a minute, doctors and hospitals don’t share records electronically? The answer is no. It turns out these systems in California had to “sign two-year contracts with the Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services, or LANES, an L.A. County-based nonprofit that provides a platform for the exchange of electronic patient data among public and private healthcare providers”. That won’t be cheap.
How pathetic is it that this is big news in 2017? I sure hope their dial-up modems are working well.