Electronic medical records: Expensive . . . and ineffective?

Much ado has been made touting EMR’s improving quality of care. So far, the data doesn’t back that up:

Electronic health records — touted by policymakers as a way to improve the quality of health care — failed to boost care delivered in routine doctor visits, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Of 17 measures of quality assessed, electronic health records made no difference in 14 measures, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.


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