News released last week suggests this is may be the case.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, trumpeted that of the doctors who used electronic medical systems, "6.1 percent had a record of paid malpractice claims compared with 10.8 percent of physicians who did not use an EHR."

In lieu of the lack of any improved patient outcome data associated with EHRs, proponents are trying ...

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Most of the rewards go to the insurance companies instead of benefiting the physician.

This piece by David Hamilton doesn't break any new ground, and I cited a statistic earlier this year that doctors only realize about 11 percent of each dollar saved with EMRs.

Nonetheless, it's a good overview of the obstacles facing every doctor who's on the fence about going electronic. Office costs in ...

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Barack Obama wisely wants to spend money to modernize the country's antiquated health records system.

But is throwing money on old, flawed technology to right course of action? Emergency physician Rick Peters (via David Catron) thinks not, as the spread of first-generation EMR programs will simply lead to "across the board loss of clinical efficiency, a loss of productivity and a counterintuitive increase in the number of personnel, ...

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There's the easy and the hard way.

EMR guru David Kibbe is encouraged that Obama is promising to spend the necessary resources to fund electronic records.

However, using it to simply allow doctors to select from the current potpourri of eclectic, disjointed programs may be easy, but not wise, as "it would only dramatically intensify the Babel that already exists."

If it were up to me (and ...

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Much has been made of the ability of EMRs to save money through increased efficiency.

Cardiologist Dr. Wes doesn't believe it, as these digital systems make it much easier to order tests as well. Alerts and clinical pathways abound that make ordering expensive tests and consults as simple as clicking a mouse.

So in this case, "efficiency" has the potential to balloon spending, as "panels of ...

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Not so, says this primary care physician.

Dr. Rob tells us to stop blaming the current crop of programs, and simply admit that it's difficult to fundamentally change your practice in order to install a digital record system.

He says that it's similar to the decision facing those who consider buying hybrid cars, saying "you could spend more money for gas efficiency, but why?" He advises doctors ...

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Health care reform is imminent, and the coming year will present many challenges for the medical profession. What are the top health care issues that you will face in 2009 as a ...

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Health IT guru David Kibbe writes that simply adopting electronic records aren't enough. For one, many EMRs don't talk to one another, and this loses one of the fundamental advantages of the digitization of medical records:

Many EMR vendors have resisted the call to make their software capable of exporting and importing a standard set of summary personal health data in computable format such as the Continuity of Care ...

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Paper charts

Electronic records are a recent theme here. #1 Dinosaur give his take in a Medscape piece (registration required), calling the current crop of EMRs nor ready for widespread use:

The EMRs promise of a "paperless" office is as distant as ever. It's much easier to keep my efficient, time-tested paper charts than lay out thousands of dollars for hardware and software that aren't going to save time or ...

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A technologist notes some of the pitfalls obstructing widespread EMR adoption. One important point is that those behind the systems don't know how doctors work, or what makes their lives easier.

Until they do, and can come up with systems that improve physician's lives, resistance will continue:

A large percentage of technology professionals are about the machine. They're about the what and the how. They're not about ...

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