Dr. Alberto Borges recently wrote in MD Magazine,
“The ability to universally interconnect doctors and hospitals (the central, most important mandate of the HITECH Act) continues to elude us, and will be a daunting task with more than 400 non-interoperable ‘certified’ EHR systems in the marketplace (http://hcp.lv/kAwUHL).”
I have to wonder how many practicing doctors would actually prefer to have a lot more additional data and records to wade through about each patient. If they could have access to years of data from every single healthcare facility that the patient has ever visited, then this presents us with the potential problem of a glut of reading that is potentially a waste of time. I wonder if anyone has thought about this issue. On one hand, I tell myself, there is probably a snowball’s chance in hell of this ever becoming a reality, given the wealth and diversity of systems out there already or in the planning phases for coming online in the future. On the other hand, what if it did happen? I think it’s important to be careful what one wishes for. It just might turn out to be less productive than one could hope.
Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.