Forget one-size-fits-all solutions in healthcare
Regarding the story “AMA pleads for more user-friendly EHRs” (Modern Healthcare.com, Sept. 16), if electronic health records were cost-effective and good for patient outcomes for every single size and type of physician practice, we would all be using them without any government carrot-and-stick incentives. By throwing money at or taking away money from the market, they skew, or more accurately, distort, the market in perverse ways.
When the door closes in the exam room, healthcare becomes a cottage industry of one-off products. No two patients are alike and no universal health plan payment, EHR, medication or intervention will work for everyone. Yet government laws and regulations try to force this industry’s pegs—patients with their infinite variability of illnesses—into a common size and shape hole. Lawrence Jankowski
Morton Grove, Ill.