Providers catching thrust of IT wave

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The signs have become too numerous and too large for providers to ignore any longer. More technical expertise must be developed – and used.

The signs have become too numerous and too large for providers to ignore any longer. More technical expertise must be developed – and used.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) introduced a bill last month that would create a national health information technology network to improve access to medical information.
Just days before that, federal officials announced a new advisory board, the American Health Information Community, which will guide the nation's providers in their efforts to adopt a healthcare information technology system.
A week before that, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said newer health records technology is needed to reduce medical errors and healthcare costs.
Amid this IT buzz, McKnight's Long-Term Care News releases  in this issue the latest version of its annual Software Source, a reference tool for operators.
Providers can find answers in it from 40 companies on dozens of issues. Financial, resident care and administrative are just some of the categories in it to help examine software in the market.