EMR Addiction and Deception

I found an article that is a little dated, but could just as accurately be written today. It is by a Dr. who developed his own EMR. I can’t imagine how he managed to do this and still stay married(since his blog says he has been married 30 years). Regardless, he makes some interesting points about why an EMR isn’t everything that is dreamed to be even if “he couldn’t get by without it.” EMR’s have pluses and minuses and this article gives some concise reasons why EMR’s still have their cons. Here’s a summary:

  • Data Entry-Pen scribbling is quicker than EMR entry
  • Depersonalization-Computer between you and the patient
  • What about the paper?-Paperless Office isn’t possible. You still must scan into an EMR
  • What about the old charts?-He suggests you must scan these charts
  • Legacy Software-Cost to convert(even if it’s just billing software)
  • Design Issues-EMR developed by programmers and not Doctors
  • Cost-Need I say more?

He ends with this assertion: “the results will be well worth the wait”.

I agree with him whole heartedly! EMR is still an infant in the software development cycle and has a ways to go. However, if you wait think how many more charts you’ll have to scan in.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.