February 2010

How electronic health records, in their many manifestations, will transform health care should be evident within a couple of years. Will the potential be realized?
Administrators find themselves with pricing leverage they’ve never had before
Payers must manage the care of all members, regardless of how sick or well, to control escalating treatment expenditures
AHRQ’s director of health care information technology looks at the federal health care IT stimulus program from the quality perspective

Departments

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Notwithstanding a black box warning from the FDA, ongoing research demonstrates the efficacy of treating adolescents and children with antidepressants
PLAN WATCH
Kaiser Permanente and the federal government believe that they’ve found the path to a national health record system
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE
Inspired by an anatomic variant in a patient, a double-orifice control device alleviates mitral regurgitation

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