Posted 11/2/11 on the Disease Management Care Blog
The Disease Management Care Blog remembers when it was first introduced to an electronic health record (EHR). After many days of learning how to document, link, retrieve, order, manage, view, bill, sign-off and close patient encounters, it asked about retrieving summary statistics on its patient population. It wanted to know how many if its patients with high blood pressure were under control and how many of its patients with heart disease had low cholesterol levels. The practice administrator looked at the DMCB like it was crazy.
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Richard Reece, MD
Posted 10/07/11 on Medinnovation Blog. It originally ran in the 9/27/11 issue of Technology Review, an MIT Press publication.
Why are doctors so slow in implementing electronic health records (EHRs)?
The government has been trying to get doctors to use these systems for some time, but many physicians remain skeptical. In 2004, the Bush administration issued an executive order calling for a universal “interoperable health information” infrastructure and electronic health records for all Americans within 10 years.
And yet, in 2011, only a fraction of doctors use electronic patient records.
In an effort to change that, the Obama economic stimulus plan promised $27 billion in subsidies for health IT, including payments to doctors of $44,000 to $64,000 over five years if only they would use EHRs. The health IT industry has gathered at this multibillion-dollar trough, but it hasn’t had much more luck getting physicians to change their ways.
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