Quote About Current EHR Software

Posted on April 15, 2009 I Written By

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This quote was far too interesting to not repost it here for all to read.

Each and every piece of multi, multi-million dollar bloated piece of crap healthcare “electronic medical record” (sounds about as dated as electronic mail, doesn’t it?”), is simply a billing engine to communicate a medical diagnosis to insurance companies with the hopes of maximizing how much doctors are paid. Each diagnosis and procedure has these numerical codes. They are a ridiculously robust antiquated language, like the code written to power the Commodore 64. There are people who speak this language – the 100 or so medical billers who are holed up in the basement of every hospital.

I’ve often argued that many EMR companies are just bloated billing software. However, Dr. Jay Parkinson described that point with a little more force than I did.

The funny part is that Dr. Jay Parkinson works for an EMR company himself. I guess he believes that his company is not one of the “piece of multi, multi-million dollar bloated piece of crap healthcare “electronic medical record””

Just to be clear, I believe the above description is true about many EHR companies, but not all. Many EHR can provide amazing results for doctors. Otherwise, I wouldn’t waste my time writing about EHR software on this blog.