Local News: Docs Consider Switch to Elecronic Medical Records   Leave a comment

A timely, informative local story heard on public radio this morning (luckily heard in between fund drive pitches):

http://www.healthystate.org/content/docs-consider-switch-elecronic-medical-records

The story echoes some of the benefits and concerns we have already discussed: upfront cost, reduction in efficiency while implementing, large quantity of records makes them harder to sift through, redundancy; and the advantages: being able to read the doctor’s writing, reduced records transfer costs. One important point that touches on the doctor/patient relationship that reminded me of my dentist visit, “I rather have you look at me when I’m talking to you, rather than busy with the computer.” The story does not mention patient benefits of EMRs as consumable items for self-service, highlighting the potential rhetorical importance of promoting that aspect.

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Posted September 8, 2010 by jbork in Uncategorized

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