Electronic medical records – a cure worse than the disease

The ballyhooed effects of electronic record keeping have not only failed to materialize, it appears that they are wasting time. One overworked Family Doctor hates them; they slow her down. A physician at another hospital reports that the system is terrible “but there was so much money on offer that they couldn’t say no.” The doctors “see fewer patients per shift than they did previously, and spend less time with each one.”

The bureaucrats and politicians are always oh so confident in their own great ideas. This time they decided to spend $19 billion to bribe doctors and hospitals to adopt these ill-thought-out systems. Ideas that work so well in the politicians’ fantasy world often fail in the real world.

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