More docs using health IT

More docs using health IT

US physicians are slowly adopting health care information technology. Most functionality is still fairly rudimentary, however.

June 8, 2006

2 thoughts on “More docs using health IT”

  1. It is too bad adoption of IT innovations is going slowly. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), while not a panacea, are likely to have a positive overall impact in the area of patient safety. In addition, the appropriate use of EMRs can help offices run more efficiently and increase revenue from patient encounters.

    If this country ever adopts a single payor system, a unified EMR could be implemented and greatly increase communication between providers and decrease all of the redundant diagnostic testing that currently goes on (and potentially reduce medical errors related to drug-drug interactions etc…).

    Ideally, the EMR’s that are currently being marketed and implemented by different medical practices and hospital systems would be mutually compatible – although clearly this is not in the best interest of the vendors. Unfortunately, there current adoption of fundamentally diverse EMRs across the country is creating a Balkanized system. I understand that MA is piloting a statewide EMR – this seems like a good idea. The VA (suprisingly) has a very advanced and comprehensive EMR that could be modified and implemented in the private sector….

  2. Agreed. The MA system actually allows a limited choice of EMRs in the 3 pilot communities but most of the docs have selected eClinicalWorks. Central coordination by the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative is assuring that the systems are compatible. Through the use of local health information exchanges it should also be possible for patients to avoid duplication of efforts and information requests as they are cared for in multiple settings.

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