Posted 3 months ago on Feb. 14, 2018, 9:47 a.m. EST by agkaiser
from Fredericksburg, TX
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Conservative micro-management of electronic healthcare records software, in the service of increasing profits and catching Medicare cheats, is further crippling our broken [for profit] healthcare system.
"Bad Health IT is IT that is ill-suited to purpose, hard to use, unreliable, loses data or provides incorrect data, is difficult and/or prohibitively expensive to customize to the needs of different medical specialists and sub-specialists, causes cognitive overload, slows rather than facilitates users, lacks appropriate alerts, creates the need for hyper-vigilance (i.e., towards avoiding IT-related mishaps) that increases stress, is lacking in security, lacking in evidentiary soundness, compromises patient privacy or otherwise demonstrates suboptimal design and/or implementation."
"The fact of the matter is that the EMR [electronic medical record] remains in the United States a tool for maximization of reimbursement and as such is not a technological destination but rather a technological dead end. The driver for proliferation of this ‘dead end’ is the government being willing to fund its expansion with their fervent hope that it will be their magic bullet for finding the cheats and cheaters of Medicare….
"The reality is the train has left, those of us addicted to patient care watch in dismayed horror as our productivity plunges and we struggle to restructure not our work-flows but our clinical thought processes to badly designed, logically flawed, and obscenely overpriced documentation tools that distract the expert clinician from a high quality clinical encounter...."