Saturday, February 04, 2006

Welcome To the 21st Century

Today on MSNBC, a guy (the Secretary, I believe) from Veterans Affairs pronounced a revolutionary development that change everything for providing veteran's health care. After building up the advancement to suggest a medical breakthrough, he smugly announced they've switched to electronic health records.

Excuse me? Dozens of sectors started using computers decades ago to coordinate and store data. American Airlines completed an automated reservation network as early as 1964. VA finally making it to the punch isn't revolutionary; it's meeting minimal standards. You want it to be revolutionary? Try jumping back half a century.

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