October 23, 2012

THE DOWNSIDE OF ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS:  Interesting op-ed by internist Dr. Anne Marie Valinoti in the Wall Street Journal today, in which she asserts:

At first I thought EMR sounded like a good idea. Then our practice started using one.

Tasks that once took seconds to perform on paper now require multistepped points and clicks through a maze of menus. Checking patients into the office is an odyssey involving scanners and the collection of demographic data—their race, their preferred language, and so much more—required by Medicare to prove that we are achieving “meaningful use” of our EMR. What “meaningful use” means no one knows for sure, but our manual on how to achieve it is 150 pages long.

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