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Pittsburgh Business Times: Medical conference focuses on innovation

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Innovation in medicine is saving lives – and not always at a higher cost, Dr. Tony Farah, chief medical officer at Allegheny General Hospital, said at a conference on Monday.

In fact, advancements in treating heart disease is saving lives that otherwise would be lost while also preserving quality of life, said Farah, an interventional cardiologist and organizer of the conference at Allegheny General.

“Regardless of reform, there are many reasons to believe that our costs won’t escalate as badly as we’ve been led to believe,” he said.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocates some $31 billion for health information technology, mostly electronic medical records, which will reduce the amount of time doctors and nurses spend settling insurance matters. Lower administrative costs will actually reduce health care costs, he said.

To read more, visit the Pittsburgh Business Times web site.

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