Well here is an article that is certainly no surprise to physicians. Report: Electronic Health Records May Not Be Good Cost-Cutter - by Rob Goszkowski
Any physician who has ever used an EMR (as I have for 15 years) knows with certainty that they do not cut costs. They increase overhead costs, decrease physician efficiencies, and contribute to growing dissatisfaction among doctors.
As hospitals move forward with Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), more and more physicians are concerned about the time it will take to complete patient care related tasks. Physicians are spending more and more time with clerical duties and less and less time with the evaluation of patients.
Computerized medical records document a tremendous amount of data, but 90 percent or more is useless for the everyday patient care and decision making. Meaningful data has actually lessened as computerized data has increased. The attorneys and “big brother” data crunchers are the ones who utilize this useless data for tracking purposes and to hold things against physicians and healthcare workers.
Any good business advisor would tell you to hire people to do the clerical work so you can focus on patient care and treating more patients. But CPOE mandates that physicians do this clerical work and it is time consuming and inefficient for physicians.
The government mandates are short-sided and poorly planned with little input from the end-users.
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