America has one of the most advanced medical systems in the world but many doctors and hospitals continue to keep records on paper. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), a guest on this week’s “America’s Business with Mike Hambrick,” is pushing legislation to change that.
Dingell’s PRO(TECH)T Act of 2008 would reduce medical errors and costs by encouraging adoption of health care information technology and further protect the security of health information. The bill would reduce soaring healthcare costs and save many lives, Dingell says.
“It is a piece of legislation that industry desperately has to have (and) government desperately has to have,” he says.
An excellent example of how health information technology can help hospitals provide better care is Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center. They used Microsoft Corp.’s Visio software and Orlando Software Group’s ProcessView to improve health care delivery and cut costs to boot. Hershey Medical Center Chief Medical Information Officer Chris DeFlitch and Frank Kapper, Vice President of Orlando Software Group, will tell us more.
Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Will gas-hungry sports utility vehicles really go extinct like dinosaurs? American Petroleum Institute (API) President Red Cavaney, another radio guest, will answer those questions and more.
And the National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo will give us the scoop on the latest round of World Trade Organization negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. Frank probably had more access to the U.S. negotiating team than any other business group representative.
In our regular segments, Renee Giachino of American Justice Partnership gives us the latest on tort reform and commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And our program will close with “The Last Word” from the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler.
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