Can Electronic Medical Records Reduce Health Care Costs?


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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).


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  • great video, thank you

  • Good thing the US government stole the healthcare organization from the free citizens of the USA and socialized the entire industry of saving or killing people (abortions, death panels etc.--- Politicos on the left are very excited about the new changes). It will be funny when Doctors go on strike like teachers do today and people will be dropping like flies in hospitals. You know were savin’ a buck or two on not wasting paper.

  • Conspiracy theorists always thinks that if the government gathers information it will be 1984

    Wake up! If you wanna do something, fight the Patriot Act, not medical files

  • three democrats and no republicans or libertarians.. I would have liked to see more diversity in this discussion. it is like they are talking to themselves why their ideas are so good. there is always another side. I am an independent before everyone starts jumping on me.

  • The government has no right to collect my health information without probable cause that I have committed a crime. It must get a warrant first.

    What happened to the 4th amendment?

    Does no one in Congress know about it?

    They all swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution!

    They care nothing for their oaths, not for the Constitution. They care only about their own power.

  • the data collected will be used to collect info on your personal life , this is a trojan horse. WAKE UP! The answer to 1984 is 1776

  • this side of health reform is nile.

  • Why should it cost so much? Why not work to reduce costs.

    lol Seriously! These ppl really don't give a shit about the public's individual health. Wow! Everything is "fuck you, pay me!"

  • Did you know that the required CCHIT certification will cost software vendors $37,000? That sure will shutdown the small vendors working with small practices!

  • They're not taking it far enough. What they should be talking about is, do we want to have video conferences between patients and doctors over the internet so the patient can stay at home (when possible) to make diagnosises quicker.

    Webcams with infrared and stethoscopes could be sold, and would be affordable, and it would be cheaper for both patient and doctor in the long term.

    Not that you'd expect politicians to know what they're doing, but still it anyway :/

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