How much does Valerie Powell actually know about dentistry? Before she has me invest tens of thousands of dollars in a Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology-approved electronic health-record systemwhich has no hope of a return on investment and will inevitably fit my dental practice like knitted socks on a rooster until the day it becomes obsolete in three yearsI just have to ask Powell this: Is there actually a problem that she is trying to solve with expensive and dangerous interoperability, or is it nothing more than her academic guess that high-tech solutions beyond telephone lines and the U.S. mail are suddenly vitally necessary in dental offices?
Where is the evidence that an IT intervention is needed? Just because no longer works. I wouldnt mention inevitability of EHRs in dentistry either. The U.S. was supposed to be on the metric system decades ago. Sometimes inevitability takes so long you might as well save time and forget about it.
Very few healthcare IT enthusiasts do know much about my business. That often causes problems for U.S. dentists as they try to protect their patients from ambitious people.
Darrell Pruitt, D.D.S.Fort Worth, TexasTo submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title, company and hometown.
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