OK, I've heard some physician rants about Electronic Medical Records. Change isn't always fun. Here are some rants, just in case you or your physician are all giggles about the EMR, so you know there are other opinions.
"The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is as "medical" as Medical Marijuana. But, it helps to maximize "medical" billing. It costs too much. It leads to markedly diminished time for patient care. It is shameful that it was mandated by poorly informed non-physicians. It is shameful that physicians went along with it. The idea seemed good, but the EMR doesn't deliver the goods to help patients or hospitals or physicians to improve quality and decrease cost. The new quality isn't quality- it's whatever is measurable. We sold out our profession and our patients on this misguided transformation. The Electronic Medical Record is an Electronic Billing Record."
Benefits: Billing. Medication lists. Prescriptions. Legibility.
Harm: Loss of time. Patient quality. Patient satisfaction. Physician quality. Physician autonomy. Patient-Physician relationship. Cost of health care.
What do you think?