The Technology CEO Council, a group of software industry leaders, is making the case for health IT, arguing that patient care quality is suffering and healthcare costs remains high because hospitals have yet to adopt an electronic medical records system. The Council, which was founded in 1989 to work on major economic issues, includes big names like Hewlett-Packard, Unisys, NCR, IBM, Dell, Motorola and Applied Materials. Rising health costs, a major headache for many employers, are now a key focus. The group hopes to lead by example. IBM said it plans to give employees electronic medical records. Intel, Cisco and Oracle have teamed up in the San Francisco Bay Area to encourage local providers to move toward e-prescribing and electronic medical records.
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