[A Question of Collaboration:] Doc Accuses Hospitals of Confrontation on Data Exchange

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL—The key to healthcare reform, say some experts, lies in collaboration. But how does one get hospitals and physicians to work with each other?

That question was tossed about often during the opening sessions of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation’s Spring Summit, being held this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. And it seems clear from the discussion that there are no easy answers.

“Physicians must be able to exchange information with hospitals, but they (hospitals) do not want to play,” said Bernd Wollschlaeger, a Florida physician and member of the South Florida Regional Extension Center’s steering committee. “We need to change the mindset from confrontation to collaboration.”

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