The speaker of the U.S. House was in Oregon Tuesday to talk about ways the nation’s health care information can be put on computers safely. As Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, she was impressed with the work happening here.
Many doctors already put your health records on a computer. The problem comes when you want to take the information and share it with another doctor — who isn’t on the same system.
House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and others want to develop a nationwide computer format, to allow all records be shared. She talked with doctors, HMO representatives and entrepreneurs at OHSU for about an hour.
Nancy Pelosi: “This has been an initiative of a couple of years and I can think of no day in all of that period of time that has been more inspiring or more encouraging than what I heard here today.”
About half of all physicians in Oregon take your information during a doctor’s visit and put it on a computer. That compares to only about 25 percent nationwide.