Currently going from one health system to another is like traveling abroad, a different electronic health-record culture and language in every land. As difficult as it might appear to those who have already invested in a robust EHR system, it seems logical and possibly best for the government to establish the common universal platform (language) now.
Next, provide the financial resources for those who have invested in the unfavorable platform, awarding grants or tax credits to those groups establishing par. This then will reestablish a new leveling point for everyone going forward including those just starting to invest.
Ernie Vesta, M.D.Chief medical officerJBS PackerlandGreen Bay, Wis.