Affordable Care Act (ACA) also has a mandate to encourage Doctors and Hospitals to switch to electronic medical records to supposedly expedite care and in turn reduce costs. And I have a nice bridge to sell you.
Once again the blame game is on full volume with the Medical profession whining that they are not ready to do so because the big bad Government wolf is not providing the safeguards needed to make this transition a secure one. In other words the fraud and abuse are all the Government's fault and not the Medical professionals who are actually doing it.
according to a report published Wednesday by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts. And given that generics are exempt from malpractice and regulation in the same ways brand name drugs are I can see that once again Doctors 2, Patients Zero. It just never ends.
If I meet a Doctor who is a competent, honest, ethical professional that may actually kill me. I just met another "highly qualified" Ph.D who managed to not again read one word of my electronic medical records and instead simply had a single page, extrapolated what information he thought essential, and said, "this doesn't say traumatic brain injury so unless it says that I can't say that." And as I pointed out the phase "IVH means TBI just in fancy terms" And his response: " that is not the same" Yes, blood in the brain or inter venal hemorrhage in the brain is not the same at all if you don't understand neurology. I guess he doesn't. So what does he understand.. stuff on the page that he can read duh!
I cannot believe the utter incompetent professionals that are earning a living in the medical fields but alas they are and they are earning said living off of your living or dying, either is fine.
Billions of our dollars are going to this concept of putting our medical records online. How about putting it into affordable decent care, I will be happy to put my medical records in my smartphone to use that to coordinate and communicate care myself and will call it even! Then as they wheel me into the ER (hopefully never again actually) they can extrapolate that data and actually use that to help me versus surfing my phone to find the the moron they called whom they ended up releasing me to before I was acceptably recovered. That is one thing that electronic medical records do provide - excellent bedside reading as you recover. I find mine hilarious.
By Reed Abelson
Published: November 29, 2012