Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Electronic medical records disappoint

---according to this essay :

As with any system, an EHR produces the outcome for which it was designed. The most widely used EHRs are designed for auditing, compliance and billing. They are not designed for more efficient patient care in the office, better communication among providers, or the collection of group data for quality improvement efforts. As yet, there is no evidence that the use of an EHR provides less expensive care and/or better outcomes.

Indeed there is no evidence, only dogma, and it's dogma that's being forced down doctors' throats. Go to the link and read the rest. Not just anyone could speak such heterodoxy but this article was written by none other than the president of the American College of Physicians.

HT to Health Care Renewal.

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