Many persons across the United States might understandably find it a bit disconcerting to k now that their medical records are kept in ... another country.
As has been made clearly apparent through a number of studies, the views advanced by many medical experts and through medical malpractice litigation, the road to perfection envisioned by proponents of electronic health records (EHRs) is littered with, well, imperfections.
We have discussed material issues relating to electronic health records (EHRs) in past post entries, noting both the comprehensive nature intended for this new health care tool, the speed with which it is being pushed, the accolades it receives from proponents and some of the concerns expressed by a growing band of critics.
Critics cite many concerns with electronic health records (EHRs). Most specifically, they point to the lack of nuance and fluidity underlying much of the software that drives them, coupled with their exceedingly -- some say excessively -- rapid implementation across the country that became mandated following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
Imagine being a doctor or other medical professional in a hospital and suddenly becoming completely unable to access a patient's notes and charts. Imagine further a complete breakdown in a system that will suddenly not let you order necessary medical tests and drugs or even communicate with other doctors or staff members about a patient's condition.
"An "anecdotal complaint" (see health IT-specific definition of 'anecdotal' at this link) from a practicing medical informaticist on an EMR system being rapidly rolled out - in a neonatal ICU, where a single slip is an ended life or lifelong crippling injury, and a multimillion dollar lawsuit, in the making..."
As we have noted in previous blog posts, the verdict is still out -- and decidedly so -- on the electronic health record (EHR) systems that are being strongly supported by the government and implemented with alacrity in medical facilities across the country.
How EMRs can detract from a clear narrative, and facilitate spoliation and obfuscation of evidence; UPMC and the Sweet death that wasn't very sweet
Feds place UPMC transplant program on probation:
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national medical organization with more than 130,000 physician members. Its stated mission is "to foster excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine."