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How Meaningful Is Meaningful Use?
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dentdavi
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dentdavi,
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5/16/2014 | 3:48:53 PM
Re: EHR are a success in Europe
I agree that we can learn a lot from the success and failures of others outside of the US. It does seem like we are trying to reinvent the wheel. It also seems that we are aiming a little to high with our expectations of what the technology can do at present. Perhaps using systems that would transmit documents back and forth with know protocols should have been rolled out before trying codify everything and make data discrete. There could be benefit to the approach we are trying, but we are trying to fly and we can't even walk yet.
moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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5/16/2014 | 6:56:56 AM
EHR are a success in Europe
EHR systems are in place in Europe for decades and simplified information exchange as well as insurance claims processing resulting in better care and substantial savings. So now finally the US gets it that doing everything with paper files might not be that great. But what happens? The wheel is reinvented in the US and it is square. Look across the pond and make use of the lessons learned in other countries...or is it to anti-american and socialist to look at the excellent health care systems in Europe?
Alison_Diana
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Alison_Diana,
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5/14/2014 | 10:18:37 AM
Re: Too harsh of a judgement on Meaningful Use, EHR?
In speaking to doctors for other stories for InformationWeek, I've found plenty of doctors who agree that EHRs are difficult to work with and introduce more work into an already busy schedule. That's one reason some practices switched their EHRs (as discussed in EHR Swaps Coming for Many Organizations). It's one reason some providers use scribes. And it's one reason some physicians cling to their paper files, despite financial incentives and pending penalties. 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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5/14/2014 | 9:35:36 AM
Too harsh of a judgement on Meaningful Use, EHR?
This is a pretty complete condemnation of electronic health records and government programs to promote their use. I hear plenty of other complaints about the specifics of the MU program, but it is it really as bad as Dr. Denton says?


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