A critical condition

Source: By Robert Barkin, American City & County, Oct 1, 2008

…… As health care costs are skyrocketing, administrative costs of medical care for public clinics and hospitals grab more precious revenue. At the same time, while local governments have made significant strides in integrating information technology into other operations, enhancements in the medical sectors have lagged. “Chief technology officers in communities can’t understand why they can’t make medical operations more efficient,” says Alan Shark, executive director of the Washington-based Public Technology Institute. “They develop bigger and better equipment for patients, but do much less to improve record management.”

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