Watch Wait Till It’s Free: Free through July 12. “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” ~P.J. O’Rourke The “Affordable Care Act” is predictably proving P.J. O’Rourke correct as health care costs continue to skyrocket. To add insult to injury, despite the deluge of billions […]
A large part of the savings projected from “healthcare reform” is supposed to come from wider use of information technology. The federal government is expected to “invest” some $45 billion in encouraging (or compelling) doctors and hospitals to use electronic records systems.
Information technology does not stop bleeding, start IVs, defibrillate the heart, or put in a breathing tube. In an emergency, those are the things that save your life. If you need them, the doctor does not have time to look at your EMR.
While advances in technology—eagerly adopted by doctors and hospitals—are often blamed for high medical costs, there is one type of technology that will supposedly save billions once we “invest” billions in it and force it on supposedly recalcitrant, technophobic doctors and hospitals: health information technology (HIT), including the electronic medical record (EMR) and computerized physician […]
If patients die as a result of health information technology (HIT) defects, the clinicians will be liable—not the vendors. Hospital administrators have signed contracts with “hold harmless” clauses that protect their HIT vendors. At the same time, like a Soviet-style Ministry of Information, the vendors demand secrecy about the defects. Some hospitals maintain lists of […]
HHS Secretary nominee pushes HIT’s role in data mining even as new report of stolen electronic medical records surfaces
On Tuesday, HHS Secretary nominee, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, confirmed her support for the use of electronic medical records as a way of data mining patient information. During the Senate hearings on her confirmation, Gov. Sebelius said that electronic health records (EHR) data was crucial to conduct “comparative effectiveness research [CER] to provide information on […]
According to a summary report on a comprehensive national survey, more than eight out of 10 physicians practicing in an ambulatory setting have no access to any form of electronic health record (EHR), and only four in 100 have access to a full-function EHR system, despite four years of federal ballyhoo of health information technology […]