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A look at the U.S. attempt to switch medical charts into electronic records. “The system is an unholy mess.” via @FredSchulte and @erikafry KHN/⁦@FortuneMagazinekhn.org/OTI3ODU5
Electronic health records have created a host of risks to patient safety. Alarming reports of deaths, serious injuries and near misses — thousands of them — tied to software glitches, or other system flaws have piled up for years in government and private repositories. #EHR #EMR
It started with the "HITECH" Act and a goal of improving patient safety and creating a system of easily accessible patient health info. The software code was so buggy, that when one glitch got fixed, another would develop, the government found. #EMR #EHR
Rather than an electronic ecosystem of info, the nation’s thousands of EHRs largely remain a sprawling, disconnected patchwork. Two software makers have paid a total of more than $200M to settle fraud allegations. @FredSchulte, @erikafry @FortuneMagazinefortune.com/2019/03/18/hea…
The U.S. government bankrolled the adoption of this software — and continues to pay for it. Or we should say: You do.
10 years and $36 billion later, America has little to show for its investment. #EMR #EHR via @FredSchulte and @erikafry KHN/@FortuneMagazine fortune.com/longform/medic…
There's also the concern of doctor burnout. Many doctors say they spend half their day or more clicking pulldown menus and typing rather than interacting with patients. #EMR #EHR #HealthTech
Vendors of electronic health records have imposed contractual “gag clauses” that discourage buyers from speaking out about safety issues and disastrous software installations — and some hospitals fight to withhold records from injured patients or their families.
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