De­mands of EHR slow­ing some doc­tors

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing “CMS pro­poses stretch­ing Stage 1 in EHR in­cen­tive pro­gram” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, May 20), I’m a 65-year-old physi­cian. Vis­it­ing an­other in­ternist a good 20 years younger than I am, he apol­o­gized that con­vert­ing to elec­tronic health records was still slow­ing them down in his of­fice. I asked, “How long have you been suf­fer­ing dur­ing the con­ver­sion?”

“Since Oc­to­ber,” he an­swered, and this meet­ing was in May.

I think EHRs are be­ing forced on us so in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and Medi­care can use lightly trained clerks to gather uti­liza­tion data. Those bean counters don’t have to de­cide which square hole to jam each round peg into; EHRs make us do that for them. Dr. David Grant Med­i­cal di­rec­tor Sun Re­search In­sti­tute San An­to­nio

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