Mostashari is right

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re: “EHR study au­thors slam Mostashari re­sponse,” Mod­ern­health­care.com, March 15: I com­pletely agree with Dr. Mostashari. The only “deeply flawed ev­i­dence” is what the re­searchers used to come to their study con­clu­sions. To say that elec­tronic health-record sys­tem ven­dors’ “prod­ucts have un­der­gone mostly mod­est tweaks” since 2008 is in­cred­i­bly naive and short­sighted.

EHRS have changed sig­nif­i­cantly in the past four years, and many still have much to do to achieve mean­ing­ful use. If peo­ple can­not see the pos­i­tive and deep changes in EHRS over the past four years as a re­sult of the de­vel­op­ment of the pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal home and achiev­ing mean­ing­ful use, then they are not pay­ing at­ten­tion to what is hap­pen­ing in the real world. And there’s more to come! When hos­pi­tals, pri­mary-care physi­cians and spe­cial­ists start com­mu­ni­cat­ing with each other through their EHRS, the sav­ings will be huge. And that move­ment is well on its way. Keep up the good fight, Farzad. Your lead­er­ship is chang­ing health IT in a strongly pos­i­tive way. Dr. Al Puerini

Chair­man Rhode Is­land Pri­mary Care Physi­cians Corp.

Cranston, R.I.

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