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Can Electronic Medical Records Reduce Health Care Costs?

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Complete video at: A panel of Senate advisors discuss how health care reform passed by Congress would ideally incorporate a new standardized system of keeping electronic medical records, both lowering costs and improving patient care. New School President Bob Kerrey moderates. ----- New School President and former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey hosts a debate from the recording studio in the U.S. Senate to discuss the health care reform debate raging on Capitol Hill. He is joined by three top advisors to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senators Edward Kennedy and Max Baucus, the Democratic leaders shaping reform legislation. Panelists provide an inside look at the latest proposed legislative approaches to health care reform, including a public health care plan, reducing reform's price tag, taxing employer-provided health care benefits, points of agreement -- and tension -- between the White House and Congress, and lessons learned from the Massachusetts model of universal coverage. - The New School Kate Leone is senior health counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). She works on Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, health coverage, and prescription drug and medical device issues. Ms. Leone joined Senator Reid's staff in January 2005 after serving as counsel to the previous Senate Democratic Leader, Tom Daschle, and working as a senior policy advisor with the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Russ Sullivan plays a leading role in helping the Senate Finance Committee, led by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), to shape the nation's tax system. Mr. Sullivan served as the committee's chief tax counsel under former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and as tax counsel and legislative director for then-Senator Bob Graham (D-FL).
Watch the complete video at: A panel of medical professionals including Roni Zeiger, former Google Chief Health Strategist, takes on the question of  whether real-time, remote health monitoring will be possible in the next 5 years.
Healthcare Triage has merchandise! Get mugs and posters here: It’s been a while since we’ve done an international health care system episode. We thought you might need a break. That break ends now. Australia has the only continental, universal health care system, and it’s topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage. For those of you who want to read more, go here: John Green -- Executive Producer Stan Muller -- Director, Producer Aaron Carroll -- Writer Mark Olsen -- Graphics
Complete video at: Dr. Jennifer Brokaw, Associate Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General/UCSF, discusses a problem plaguing effective American health care systems: the misunderstood nature of health costs by both patient and doctor. ---- Many Americans today are dealing with chronic illnesses, trying to navigate through insurance, to decide what treatments are best or most affordable, and what decisions to make for themselves and their families. To address the issue of patient-oriented health care, we are bringing together healthcare innovators and experts to share their first-hand perspectives. Dr. Jennifer Brokaw founded Medical Consult and Advocacy Services in 2008 to meet the needs of many people with serious medical illness and the needs of their loved ones. She is a Board Certified Emergency Physician with 14 years of experience. Since moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2001, she has been an Associate Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General/UCSF and has also been on the staff of CPMC/Davies Emergency Department. As a medical advocate she advises clients about medical decision making, coordinates care with both primary doctors and specialists and provides support and advisement to families of patients in the hospital.
Complete video at: White House CTO Aneesh Chopra describes President Obama's challenge to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to digitize health records and allow veterans to download personal health information at the push of a button, and how the initiative spurred the private sector to follow suit. ----- New Rules: Policy and Progress in a Borderless World Aneesh Chopra, United States of America CTO in conversation with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, The Economist NExTWORK is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference that will feature world-renowned business leaders, technologists, and thinkers exploring the promise and peril of the network's future, as well as the most pressing digital issues and opportunities today. Aneesh Chopra is the nation's first CTO. Appointed to the newly created post by President Obama in April 2009, he spearheads the Administration's technology initiatives to streamline government, improve transparency, and advance policy goals from job creation to homeland security to health care reform. Chopra also serves as Associate Director for technology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in which capacity he advises the President on technology and its implications for broader domestic and international affairs.
Complete video at: White House health care policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel argues that technological advancements in health care are ineffectual without "face-to-face, people-to-people, more human" interactions. He says improvement in doctor-patient relationships are needed to improve health care and drive down costs. ----- White House Health Care policy adviser and NIH scientist Ezekiel Emanuel discusses high touch medicine with Royal Philips Electronics CEO Gerard Kleisterlee, and Pathfinders founder and director Tina Staley as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival. - Aspen Institute Ezekiel Emanuel earned his PhD and MD degrees from Harvard University, where his doctoral dissertation received the Toppan Award for the finest political science dissertation of the year. After earning his MD PhD, he was a Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
"Money and Medicine," a documentary set to air Sept. 25 on PBS, investigates some of the most notorious drivers of U.S. health care costs. Ray Suarez speaks with Roger Weisberg, the producer and director of the film, about some of the reasons these costs are driving the nation toward financial crisis -- while still producing relatively mediocre medical results. For the full story, visit