I agree with Khalid Moidu, it seems like more and more incomplete research is being presented to cast electronic medical-record and electronic health-record systems in a bad light. The research presented seems to always represent very small sample sizes, downplays the nonuse of installed EMR capabilities by many physicians, and does not represent the correlation of acquired data in managing the ongoing healthcare of patients.
With studies like these, the adoption of EMRs and EHRs in the U.S. becomes slower and slower. It is time to start highlighting the positive effects of EMR and EHR systems that are many and not relying on incomplete data to make single point assertions.
The industry needs to get behind adoption or the cost of care will continue to rise and the ability to track patients for better medical management (higher quality of care) will decline.
The problem is not the EMR or EHR, it is the dedication of the providers to create positive change in healthcare.
The industry needs to promote the use of clinical technology to enable better and more cost-effective care. EMRs and EHRs are enabling technologies to make healthcare better, not worse.
We are behind the world in healthcare technology adoption and we need to catch up with positive studies and experiences to make us lead in healthcare technology adoption.
Bill BysingerExecutive directoreMRnetMacon, Ga. To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.