Category Archives: EMR BS

BIG EMR

Paul Hsieh, MD, provides some insight into the profound way electronic medical records are changing the practice of medicine. The primary use of EMR isn’t to improve efficiency, but rather to make it easier for Dr. Beltway to control how doctors deliver care: Why is the government pushing EMRs so aggressively? One clue comes from [...]

HAS THE IRS ALREADY SEIZED YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS?

In today’s American Spectator, I speculate on whether your medical records are among the 60 million illegally seized by the IRS: On Wednesday, it was reported that a class-action lawsuit had been filed against a group of IRS agents who, according to the complaint filed by “John Doe Company” in the Southern District of California, [...]

OOPS: ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS DON’T ACTUALLY POSSESS MAGICAL POWERS

A consistent refrain from health care “reformers? is that electronic health records will cure much of what ails our medical delivery system. Not only will EHR save money, they tell us, it will improve quality. Not so fast says the Archives of Internal Medicine: Our findings indicate no consistent association between EHRs … and better [...]

EMR SECURITY AND A CURIOUS IRONY

Am I the only one who has noticed that the very people who told us that electronic voting machines can’t be hacker-proofed are now telling us that electronic medical records will be perfectly safe and secure? The cognitive dissonance associated with being a contemporary “progressive” must be awful. Perhaps that’s why they still seem so miserable even though [...]

EMR TAKES ANOTHER HIT AMIDSHIPS

A consistent refrain of some health care “reformers” is that electronic medical records can cure much of what ails U.S. health care. Not only will EMR save money, we are told, it will reduce medical errors. The EMR system that is invariably held up as the model to emulate is the VA’s VistA. Indeed, VistA is also held up as proof that [...]

HEALTH CARE IT: THE TRUE STATE OF THE ART

Many health care reformers and politicians, including our President-elect, peddle the idea that government-sponsored dispersion of health care technology will cure much of what ails our medical delivery system. Dr. Bobbs links to a great post in which Dr. Rick Peters  explains why this is hopelessly naive. It begins with the following brutal (but all too accurate) indictment of [...]

OBAMA STILL PEDDLING EMR SNAKE OIL

Saturday, the President-elect unveiled a “modern version of FDR’s New Deal,” which he claims will help the struggling economy. Passing lightly over the fact that the original version of the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression, what interested me was his remarks about electronic medical records: The economic recovery plan I’m proposing will help modernize our health [...]

EMR: WHY DOCTORS ARE UNDERWHELMED

For some reason, health care experts are puzzled as to why U.S. physicians have been slow to adopt electronic medical records. The answer isn’t very complicated, as Kevin, MD explains in USA Today: The primary reason is financial. Upfront costs — which include purchasing servers, computers and software — can be as high as $36,000 per physician … In addition, [...]

DOCTOR OBAMA’S EMR SNAKE OIL

Although it is becoming increasingly obvious to serious policy wonks of all political persuasions that Health IT is not the panacea it has been made out to be, Barack Obama is still peddling EMR as a magical elixir. Newsweek has a good piece about this particular brand of Dr. Obama’s snake oil: He claims that [...]

WHY EMR HASN’T CAUGHT ON

Lots of bandwidth has been devoted to explaining why EMR hasn’t really caught on, but nothing I have seen captures the essence of the problem as well as Extormity, a brilliant satire of the typical health care IT company. Here’s the opening blurb: At the confluence of extortion and conformity lies Extormity, the electronic health records mega-corporation dedicated to offering highly [...]