A friend of mine sent me this link – "Beware of the EMR ‘Ponzi scheme,’ warns physician leader" — earlier this week. The article starts off by saying:
Healthcare IT does not necessarily make life easier for
primary care physicians, says a leader in the movement to make medicine
more efficient and patient-centered.
"When you put an EMR into a primary care practice, your life is hell for the next year," said L.Gordon Moore, MD.
"EMR vendors aren’t really giving us what we need. We have to make a
distinction between a robust EMR with decision support tools, and one
that is just being marketed as a way to improve coding. And we really
need to get out of the E&M coding game."
Yikes. I’ve been in the health care IT market for a while and that’s
probably one of the strongest anti-EMR statements I’ve seen publicly.
I know many readers are physicians — how many of you concur with Dr. Moore?
Shahid Shah is a health care consultant, specializing in IT. He blogs regularly at The Healthcare IT Guy.