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EHRs: Early Critics Lack Vision

Editor’s note: Stories such as the one that follows are outright dangerous. People publishing for their own interests. In the mid-80’s the Apple IIe could balance your check book if you set up a spreadsheet and it could play a game called Pong. Who would have envisioned the powerful applications and transformational nature of the personal computer. Thank heavens for Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and a few others. It all seems so obvious now.

 

Study: EHRs have little impact on quality, cost of health care
The use of electronic health records currently has very little impact on health care quality or costs, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, lead author of new research comparing 3,000 hospitals at various levels of EHR adoption. The study found marginal differences among hospitals with advanced EHRs, those with basic computer records and those with no records in terms of hospital stays and treatment of conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure. The New York Times

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November 16, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare | ,

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