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EMR Perpetuates Misinformation

Posted on March 15, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I have a number of doctor friends that I know from church, scouts (yes, I’m an assistant scoutmaster), or other local group. I must admit that generally our focus is whatever activity is at hand, but every once in a while they or I will bring up the topic of EMR.

These types of discussions are especially fascinating because they give a nice insight into a doctor’s perspective from someone who’s not inside the healthcare IT bubble. You know, that bubble where we all know the difference between meaningful use stage 1 and 2, ONC-ATCB and CCHIT, and a whole set of other acronyms. Certainly these doctors know some of these terms or have at least heard of some of these terms, but they definitely don’t know all the details. In fact, that’s what makes it so interesting to see what they know and what they don’t know.

I bring all of this up because I had a short discussion with one of the really smart doctor friends of mine. When I say smart I mean it from a clinical standpoint (he’s seen me a few times), but he’s also a very smart businessman as well. So, with this respect I’m always interested to hear his take on things.

This doctor has been a user of an EMR for quite a few years. He’s quite satisfied with his EMR and in our discussion he is planning to get the Medicaid EHR incentive money. After a short discussion he stopped and told me, “John, you know the thing I dislike most about an EMR?”

Then, he proceeded to tell me, “The thing I dislike most about an EMR is that it perpetuates misinformation.”

I’d certainly considered the topic before, but I thought it was an excellent description of this EMR challenge.

Part of this reminds me of a guest post done by Dr. West about Copy and Paste in EMR (He now blogs at Happy EMR Doctor). Copy and paste has the challenge of perpetuating misinformation too. Although, I think his comment is much deeper than just copy and paste.

There’s a challenge in most EMR software to take whatever was entered as complete fact. It’s not usually as easy as putting a line through it to correct something that was entered incorrectly. There’s no reimbursement for correcting or updating records even if it’s really essential to great patient care. As a commenter on the above copy and paste post said, “It is not the machine or process, it comes down to ethics, professionalism, and accountability.”

Electronic Health Records Video Explanation

Posted on May 28, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’ve posted previously the best video I’ve seen promoting EHR use. Today I came across another video that talks about some of the benefits and challenges associated with electronic health records. It’s a little bit dry compared to that other video, but for someone just wanting to learn more about electronic health record or those considering the benefits and challenges of an EHR, it’s worth a watch. Those experts in the field of EMR can carry on.

Benefits of Converting from Paper Chart to EMR

Posted on November 6, 2008 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Today, I decided to start a new web page that I believe will really grow over time. It’s basically a list of the possible benefits a doctor or clinic can receive from using an EMR or EHR rather than paper charts.

I haven’t take much time to make the list at all, but I think it’s better to start it and then as ideas come to my head I can add to it as time permits. I already have a number of other ideas (like quality of medical care), but I need some more free time to put all the details down. Now that I’m thinking about it a little bit more, maybe each benefit of an EMR should have it’s very own blog post describing the benefit that’s received by using EMR. We’ll see how that works. Seems like a worthwhile series of posts to me.

Also, in all fairness I’m certain that I’ll also soon be creating a list of problems associated with EMR. I think it’s important to keep the discussion well rounded and that people are well aware of both the benefits and challenges associated with using an EMR.

Finally, I certainly welcome comments from people on benefits or challenges associated with use of an EMR. I look forward to hearing ideas from other people’s experience to help me round out the list of benefits and challenges that many have already experienced first hand. Might as well try to pass on that knowledge to those who are still implementing or looking to implement.