Sunday, August 28, 2011

Say No to EMR

I have discussed the pitfalls of  electronic medical records (EMR) in a previous post
I discussed in that post why, for now, I just say no to EMR. Many doctors have no choice.

One argument advanced for  EMR is to create a national integrated database to improve patient care. And many of those supportive of a national health care system like “Obamacare” look toward England’s National Health Service (NHS) as a success story. 

Not! In many ways, not! By the way, read some of Dr. Scherz's thoughts on Obamacare. 

Now here’s more reason for concern for both EMR and mandatory national health care like Obamacare.

The Lancet, a highly respected British medical journal has called England’s National Programme for IT in the NHS “the world’s most mismanaged national health project”. As stated in the Lancet editorial, “the main aim of the project was to create a fully integrated centralized electronic care records system to improve services and patient care by 2007”. You read that right. By 2007!

It is clear that despite cost overruns and delays, the Department of Health is “unable to deliver a universal system”.

In the U.S. there are huge federal financial incentives for researchers, doctors and hospitals to study and adopt EMRs. These are your tax dollars at work. But there is no good evidence to support the use of EMRs. 

Take heed, all you enthusiasts of electronic medical records (EMR). 

Can we  learn something from this English disaster?                                                    Your Diabetes Endocrine Nutrition Group

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