Can Hospitals in Mexico Avoid the Pitfalls of US EHR Systems? Commentary 

Can Hospitals in Mexico Avoid the Pitfalls of US EHR Systems?

Over the past 10 years, US hospitals have rapidly adopted Electronic Health Record systems because of federal mandates that included both carrots and sticks. The US federal government pumped 87 billion US dollars into the market by giving multi-million dollar rewards to hospitals that adopted EHR systems and, in 2017, hospitals that have failed to do so will be penalized... Read More
$400 Million Boondoggle Commentary 

$400 Million Boondoggle

Another Boondoggle. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on 12/15/2016: “A huge project to modernize medical record-keeping for California prison inmates has more than doubled in cost from original estimates to nearly $400 million in just three years, the latest in a long string of computer projects that have befuddled state government.” Even for those of us who are familiar... Read More
Bridging the Communications Gap Between Healthcare and IT Commentary 

Bridging the Communications Gap Between Healthcare and IT

One of the great challenges of Electronic Medical Records adoption is bridging the divide between clinic-speak and IT-speak. For those of us who have worked on both sides of the divide, it is easy to see that even experience cannot reconcile the abundance of information in healthcare and in information technology. What can help is maintaining a level of patience and... Read More
Ta-blet or Not Ta-blet, That is the Question Commentary 

Ta-blet or Not Ta-blet, That is the Question

In a recent article in Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review, Jessica Cohen reports that according to a report done by IBM Institute for Business Value of healthcare CIOs and other executives, findings indicate that 71% of CIOs and only 59% of other executives believe that mobile solutions will have a significant impact on their organizations over the next five years.... Read More
Are Computers Getting Ready to Supercede Doctors’ Diagnoses? Commentary 

Are Computers Getting Ready to Supercede Doctors’ Diagnoses?

A recent small scale study by Harvard Medical School indicates that software symptom-checkers still have a long way to go when identifying the reasons for medical conditions. This result seemed fairly consistent across different software so it is more a statement of the readiness of these systems rather than the accuracy of any one in particular. The study concluded that,... Read More
Escaping the EHR Trap Commentary 

Escaping the EHR Trap

In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Escaping the EHR Trap – the Future of Health IT“, Dr. Kenneth Mandi and Dr. Isaac Kohane present a strong argument for disruptive change in the EHR space as follows: “Health IT vendors should adopt modern technologies wherever possible. Clinicians choosing products in order to participate in the... Read More