Friday, January 18, 2013

Study: Electronic Medical Records Not Generating Expected Savings

Study: Electronic Medical Records Not Generating Expected Savings

Solutions create tomorrow's problems....

Shaun Alfreds, Chief Operating Officer of HealthInfo Net - a Maine company that manages a centralized health records database for the state - says part of the problem may be the rush to implement EMRs over the past few years.

"And in this particular case, the focus was getting the systems to be electronic, not necessarily about changing the workflow of how health care is delivered." Because ultimately, Alfreds says, that's what EMRs are about: workflow.

Another problem that RAND identified is the inability of EMR systems to communicate with each other. "It's the bigggest challenge I've had in my career," says Ralph Johnson, chief information officer at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, which has been named among the nation's most wired hospitals.

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