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FMTV - No Matter Where

No Matter Where

Runtime: 76m 48s | Release date: 2014

Each year 200,000 people die from medical errors in American hospitals. There are a number of reasons for these mistakes, but everyone agrees the number would be much lower if doctors shared records. In this Internet age, we assume doctors anywhere can pull up our charts, but the truth is most have no way to do this.

At first glance, it might be an obvious conclusion that since many clinical practices use computers to record information and to look up past records, and since hospitals also use computers to look up information, these clinical practices must be exchanging data among themselves and among hospitals in the region. Unfortunately, while this has been a dream for many decades, it has yet to be fully realized in this country.

This process, known as health information exchange, is an absolutely critical though uncommonly available process up until very recently - and even then only in some locations. When I first told my family about the work being done to make this happen, and about the pace of that work, they were somewhat surprised. However, as we went through the reasons why this has not happened across the country, It became clear what a hard problem this has become.

It is extremely challenging, although not the least bit because of technical issues. Rather it is because patients do not ask for it, not all clinicians believe they need it, no one is willing to pay for it, and because some of the basic standards to connect one system to another are adopted by one system but not the other.

Like many of the major advances in this country and in the world, these standards are a critical part of the equation. There are people all over the country working to achieve this, and they are slowly making progress. Like the Union Pacific Railroad, the moonshot, the automated teller machine, and a number of large national projects, health information exchange is a complex project that will take years to complete.

No Matter Where scratches the surface of these complex issues that have been dealt with in recent times by a number of private foundations, public/private partnerships, and public entities, and uncovers the tragic, hidden cost on the lives of millions of Americans. 

Featuring:

George Beckett
Dr. Mark Frisse
Dr. Jim Bailey
Leigh Sterling
Pat Pope
Judy Murphy
Farzad Mostashari
Roxane Townsend
Dr. David Wilcox
Dr. Jay Nichols
Jere Schaub
Latonya Sweeney
Kara Kohler
Shannon Parker

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Zita Kalman | 5 months, 3 weeks ago | Edited 5 months, 3 weeks ago
It's completely nuts that big corporations own and even sell all kinds of personal data they keep on us but when it comes to our health and in some cases life & death, there's no system that would provide doctors with our medical records. This is just incredible.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Spot on, Zita! Thanks for stopping by to comment :) ~ Iris
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Sue Johnson | 2 years, 2 months ago
I also thought this was a great movie. I have been in healthcare for 30 years and what I am seeing happen now is the patients expect US, the hospital or clinic that I work in to know all of their information. Thats possible if the patient has everything done at our hospital. They don't. They think we can just get on a computer and find out what labs they had drawn last week at the hospital across town,,,the EMR doesn't work like that. So,,,,either patients have to be more responsible with THEIR own information or we adopt something like these databases to share info .
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Keri | 2 years, 7 months ago
I thought this was very good! I am a RN who is responsible for downtime preparation and business continuity disaster recovery for a large healthcare institution in the state of Washington. Our struggle to continue to get support both financially and clinically to have duplicative resources available in the event of an incident is ongoing. It is very resource intensive both physically and human. In these days of managing healthcare resources and being good stewards of finances, it is a hard sell too administrators, especially if it happens at all. On the flipside, having spent 20 of my 30 years of healthcare in the trauma intensive care unit, if one person is helped one life is saved, that should be our end goal. For those of us working to protect patients and their medical records, the battle will forever continue.
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Stuart Walker | 2 years, 8 months ago
Great documentary!

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

- Frederick Douglass
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Marina Edgar | 2 years, 8 months ago
Iris Thank You for this reply it is much appreciated. And Yes I know wonderful FMTV is not in control of what happens in these movies - but James maybe will remember when he makes more movies!!!!!!! FMTV you rock and this is Customer Service with a bang!!!!
Happy Holidays and much success to all of you at FMTV.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 8 months ago
You're very much welcome, Marina! Thank you so much for your understanding and support and we wish you a joyous and blissful holiday celebration! ~ Iris
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Marina Edgar | 2 years, 8 months ago
When will documentary movie makers or any movie makers STOP the music background when someone is speaking so irritating and unnecessary and have to struggle to hear what the person is saying.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 8 months ago
HI Marina, we are sorry for the inconvenience, however, this is out of our control. But rest assured that we have noted and greatly value your feedback and will pass this on to the team :) Thank you for your understanding. ~ Iris
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Jeff | 2 years, 8 months ago
Marilee, Shaunie & Joy - you have all raised some excellent points and I couldn't agree more. I found this film by OTB to be sub-standard to the quality of journalistic documentaries for which FMTV is renowned. It is replete with unsubstantiated assumptions, misleading cause and affects, and general misinformation -- borderline "propaganda". I'm tempted now to research some of the other pieces from Out of The Box Productions to see if this is indicative of their work.
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