The Pursuit of Efficiency: Automation in Health care

Cohen, S. (2010). “The Pursuit of Efficiency: Automation in Health Care.” Hospital and Health Care Management. Retrieved from

Everyone is talking about “living green” – taking whatever steps we can as individuals to use less energy and use it more efficiently. That idea of allocating resources and optimizing efficiencies certainly extends beyond solar panels, recycling programs and hybrid engines.

Rich Temple, the former CIO at Saint Clare’s Health System and now chief information and business intelligence officer at AristaCare Health Services, recently said that at one point, everywhere he looked he found somebody doing double data entry or pulling information from several different systems, and jumping through hoops to get data flowing properly. My guess is that same sorts of inefficient workflows exist in every hospital.

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