Sailing Towards EMR – Treasure Island or Iceberg?

The United States is moving steadily towards Electronic Medical Records (EMR). The HITECH Stimulus Act is like a hurricane-force wind, driving practices towards the electronic age. Many doctors have conflicting opinions about EMRs. Are they a treasure island, full of benefits like increased productivity and revenue, or is it a dangerous iceberg that could sink your practice?

This is going to be XLEMR week with Another interesting post from Ryan Ricks.

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Dr. Jeff


  • The HITECH Grants will produce the most profound advancement in health information, and I believe in ultimately the delivery of personal health care, in mankind’s history. This platform will move us from a fragmented electronic structure for financial transactions to the breath-taking new vista of disease prevention and management.

    I encourage all of your HIT readers to be aggressive and involved participants in networking to energize this transformation with the regional organizations which will burst forth in the next 18 months.

  • I think it’s both things. It just depends on how it’s used. It’s been shown to do both. I believe the biggest determining factor in which thing it will become is the users who choose to implement it. Even the best software can be screwed up by people. Even the worst software can be made to work by people.

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