electronic medical record
We have a long way to go in assessing -- and addressing -- the safety and efficacy of electronic medical records.
EHRs, like iPhones, are here to stay. The legibility and availability of consultants' and hospital notes, as well as test results, save time and contribute to good continuity of care. But the systems are not "interoperable," meaning you can only access records within your own practice or hospital.
The results of the Physician Satisfaction Study, sponsored by the RAND corporation and the AMA, became available last week. One of the biggest items found to interfere with physician satisfaction is the current state of electronic medical records documentation.
The ACA isn't a perfect plan but if fully enacted offers a chance to make changes to the American health care system. Understanding the role technology plays will be an ongoing discussion with advances in technology and its creative application potentially improving care and reducing costs.