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CrossCurrents
3:28 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

CrossCurrents - Ideas Fest Archives

From the archives, two speakers from Aspen Ideas Fest, 2011, James Fallows, national correspondent from the Atlantic and Nancy Aossey, CEO and President of International Medical Corps.

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Health Care
7:52 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Aspen Valley Hospital Brings On Electronic Medical Records

Aspen Valley Hospital is in the middle of implementing the switch from paper records to electronic medical files. Later this year, the Emergency Department will become digital.
Credit Marci Krivonen

While hospitals across the country work to transition from old-fashioned paper records to electronic data, some doctors in Aspen have already “gone digital.” Aspen Valley Hospital is in the middle of this conversion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Special Coverage
6:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Spotlight Health: Improving Doctors

Dr. Brent James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City.
Credit Brent James/ Institute for Health Care Delivery Research

The Affordable Care Act has changed a lot for doctors and other medical professionals. There are new insurance requirements, potentially lots more patients and the logistics of switching to digital medical records. Doctor Brent James is right in the middle of all of this, fine tuning the answer to an age old problem: how do you take care of patients in a way that’s really effective, but not overwhelmingly expensive? Dr. James is Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research in Salt Lake City. As part of our spring series on key health issues, James talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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APR Special
3:27 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #3

Credit feministing.com

Good afternoon, this is Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio. This is the third of six episodes in our series on key health issues.

Today we’ll untangle why seeing a doctor can be so confusing...

“Despite all the medical advances, there seems to be increasing controversy about what is the right thing to do, even about your most common conditions.”

We’ll hear one solution for making that whole treatment experience cheaper and more effective, too.

“We estimate that we’re taking at least $400 million per year out of Intermountain’s cost of operation, through better care.

Coming up today on Spotlight Health.

Episode 3 of 6 in a series to explore key health issues with guests also participating in the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health programming this summer.

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CO 3rd Congressional District
1:50 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Former Lottery Director Abel Tapia Running For Congress

Candidate Abel Tapia and Pitkin County Democrats Chair; Blanca O'Leary
Credit Roger Adams

Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, in the view of one political observer (here,) the has gone from safe Republican to likely Republican.  The change came as Democrat Abel Tapia entered the race against GOP incumbent Scott Tipton.  Tapia is a civil engineer by training but has a long record of public service.  He served terms in the Colorado State House and Senate and was director of the Colorado State Lottery.  Recently, Tapia, who lives in Pueblo, was in Aspen meeting voters and came in for an interview.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams.

Listen to the radio interview here:


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