It is sad and irresponsible for a highly regarded physician such as David Brailer, M.D., to publicly deride American healthcare with such incriminations as reported in the Sept. 23 Stat story "IT can help reverse culture of errors, inefficiencies." There is no "culture of errors" in healthcare. Did Brailer make this up just to sound sophisticated in his appointed (not elected) position? I've been involved in high-level hospital and physician peer review for more than a decade and the only culture I am aware of is that all physicians care about the quality of the healthcare our patients receive. That is universal.
If anything has made it seem otherwise, it has been the past decade of managed care that has turned patients and physicians into profit centers and, along the way, nearly completely destroyed the physician-patient relationship. This is also the reason for the "lack of public trust" in the system, as he puts it.
Brailer is also an unwitting participant in a misguided attempt to use IT and data to save us from what he describes as an "error-prone system." That data for data's sake will be exposed for what it really is one day, a means to steal proper payments from deserving providers of care, reducing payers' responsibility whether it be from the private insurance industry or federal and state programs.
It's always sad when the emperor finds out he has no clothes on. Brailer's comments are just as empty as the emperor's wardrobe closet.
David Rogers, M.D. Frisco, Texas