Citing, "patient tracking and verification systems" an innovation that could advance the adoption of EMRs, the Wall Street Journal joins the chorus singing for more health care IT spending.  Out of five WSJ recommendations, automated patient tracking would have a positive impact on patient flow, helping hospital staff better manage ADT.  (Registration required)

Also mentioned was over hyped CPOE.  Also mentioned is the huge boondoggle, " an electronic medical record that can be shared among different doctors and hospitals."  How often do you change doctors or hospitals, and how important is it really to share more than the most basic medical history?  Sure, chronic conditions, especially with co morbidities, would benefit -- but would that subset of a subset (the chronically ill who move a lot) cost justify the investment?

I'd much rather see Uncle Sam invest in infrastructure and common transactions (and mandated adoption) for transactions between providers, hospitals, payers, PBMs and pharmacies -- mundane stuff like eligibility, referrals, preapprovals, prescriptions (especially formulary checks), you know the stuff that generates all those faxes and phone calls.