The big winners in EMR sales are very device and integral database management companies that lobbied the federal government to provide hospitals and private physician practices financial incentives to incorporate these systems into their businesses. However, the EMR systems are like automotive companies, all produce cars, but you can’t interchange their parts; and their parts don’t function or communicate effectively with each other. So long as the system is running well and all incoming data is coming from compatible sources, all may be fine. However, particularly regarding hospital and ambulatory services such as urgent care, occupational clinics, emergency care, and transfers from CAM health systems you are out of luck often resulting incomplete records. Moreover, don’t let the system crash or get hacked, then you may have no records or an immeasurable amount of personal, medical and financial data leaked to the general public.
Have you heard anything regarding demonstration of decreases in net morbidity (illness) or mortality (death) because of EMRs? Are your office visits and complementary services scheduling more efficient? No. Are the costs of these systems being passed through to you? Yes. Are more patients at risk of mass data losses into the public? Yes. Are the consumer-patients sure about the definition of the phrase “high quality EMR”? No. Traditional medicine will continue to use these systems, forced into such by billing related laws and federal agencies the want to monitor limited amounts of practice tendencies (e.g., opioids prescription and monitoring). Yet, until forced to work with a common operating system, there will surely be many pieces of your data that are missing, invalid, incorrectly saved, lost, hacked and for which you will have to pay, financially and/or medically, because of electronic medical record errors. Learn more.