I respectfully disagree with conclusions drawn from Evan Steeles stated facts.
None of the three studiesthe National Research Council report, the New England Journal of Medicine article or the study submitted to the House Ways and Means Committeewas in any way an unbiased scientific study. Each of them was a variation of doctors asking doctors how they felt about electronic health records.
Personally, Ive been involved with EHR implementation for years and Ill be the first to admit they generally do not like it. The resistance was shocking, considering the possibilities for quantum leaps in healthcare improvement. (On the other hand, the young residents, fresh out of medical school, have no problem whatsoever with EHRs or any type of decision-support platforms.)
Asking physicians how they feel about EHRs is about like asking young men how they feel about condoms; they dont like them, they dont want to use them.
But, does anyone dispute the overall social good of prophylactics?
Leon Stafford IIHealthcare IT consultantOrganizational SolutionsCanton, Ga.