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What my brother's fatal hospital stay taught me about EHR optimization

July 19, 2017

    Rob Barras

    I've been in health care IT for more than 25 years, but no amount of experience can prepare you for a personal health crisis. Yet, there are lessons in these moments that can teach about health care and the role of technology.

    In September 2015, I lost my 40-year old brother, Paul, to a hospital-acquired condition. He'd collapsed on a soccer field from a heart attack. A teammate, an Army Reserve medical technician, administered CPR. Emergency responders arrived and continued CPR, while transporting him to the nearest community hospital. From there, he was medically evacuated to the closest trauma center.

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