On June 4, Stanford Medicine hosted a national symposium on electronic health records (EHRs)—the technology now used by most health care professionals to digitally document patient care visits. The wealth of data stored within EHR systems has enormous potential. EHRs contain insights that—if unlocked—could radically improve our health care system and the care that patients receive. Yet, after nearly a decade of use, the full promise of these systems has not been realized. Stanford Medicine’s symposium brought together leaders from health care, technology, and public policy to address the current limitations of EHRs and to set a bold, new vision for the technology in the years ahead. In the wake of our discussions, I’m more hopeful than ever about the future.
You can view videos of those conversations here.