EHR Investigation Makes the News
Fortune and Kaiser Health News just released the findings of a joint investigation on Electronic Health Records (EHR). The findings highlight pitfalls that many physicians recognize all too well. The time-consuming documentation that has been created, the expanding clinical notes, the frustration with the inability to share information across systems and the associated costs are common laments heard from physicians and their offices.
The investigation outlined the touted advantages of moving from paper records to an electronic format and whether those advantages and associated goals have been met since the explosion of EHRs in clinical practice. The investigation went further and identified instances of adverse patient outcomes related to software issues, user errors, and other related factors. The difficulties in identifying errors, reporting patient safety issues and developing solutions is addressed. Several major news organizations referenced the highlights in their daily publications and newscasts.
The findings and discussion can be found in Fortune.