Man on a digital mission

From Kaiser Health News & Fortune:

New York hookers spreading HIV. Killer mosquitos.  An anthrax-toting terrorist. An urban-scape rife with the sick and poor.  These are just some of the challenges tackled by Farzad Mostashari, a Yale-educated physician, epidemiologist and self-confessed computer nerd.  His current mission: moving doctors from the Age of Gutenberg into the 21st century.  For starters, he’d like them to use e-mail at the office.

It’s a tough nut. The U.S. leads the world in advanced medical technologies, but when it comes to electronic communication, American medicine remains a backward culture.  The percentage of private-practice doctors with “fully functional” electronic health record systems was in the low double digits in 2010, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Less than half of solo practitioners keep computer records for anything other than billing. An eBay merchant who sells funny barbecue aprons out of his living room is better equipped for computer communication than many physicians. For real.

Read the complete story here.

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