Family Doctors Will Keep Electronic Medical Records – Part 2 of 3
Nationally, 68 percent of family doctors were using electronic health records in 2011, they found. Rates varied by state, with a low of about 47 percent in North Dakota and a important of nearly 95 percent in Utah. Dr Michael Oppenheim, vice president and chief medical information officer for North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, NY, said electronic record-keeping streamlines medical care.
These records “eliminate handwriting errors, and assistance with planning and caring for patients with chronic medical problems”. Plus, the files can be accessed by a tamper with when the initial provider is unavailable. Electronic health records also save money in the long term. “If a patient has a complaint and just had a blood test, and then shows up at the ER (emergency room) with the same complaint, the ER practise medicine can access the record and not reorder the same test”.
Oppenheim said medical penalties are driving adoption of e-records, but there is still some hesitancy. “Doctors are nervous about the price and worried about how it will affect their practice. The conversion process is complex”. Doctors can do it themselves or outsource the system. “You pay in productivity or dollars”.