Next Generation Healthcare with Dr Robert Wah
Dr Robert Wah, CSC's Chief Medical Officer and President of the American Medical Association, discusses Next Generation Healthcare.
Bringing Healthcare and IT Together
Dr. Robert Wah is always looking for ways to use technology to improve patient outcomes. As president of the American Medical Association, Dr. Wah helps physicians help patients; as chief medical officer at CSC, he brings a unique perspective to our healthcare IT development.
At the recent CSC ASPIRE conference, Dr. Wah took a few minutes to talk about how he can use his dual role to effect positive change.
He noted that the AMA has three major goals that technology can help achieve: to improve health outcomes for patients, to improve physician satisfaction and physician practice sustainability, and to improve medical education for the doctors of the future. He also indicated areas of improvement for how physicians interact with Medicare’s systems, which currently are not as efficient as they could be, requiring physicians to submit the same information in several different ways. Dr. Wah said that electronic health records have become a source of frustration for physicians, and because of that, the AMA pulled together experts from around the country and published a paper listing eight parameters that they wanted to see improved in EHRs.
Overall, Dr. Wah is optimistic about the ability of technology to help. “There is understanding at the highest levels of the need to do it,” he says. “Now we need to put the policies in place, get the contracts started, and get started moving the technology to address the issues that we all know exist.”
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