Thursday, May 7, 2015

Electronic Health Records Don't Help Stroke Victims; And More Bad News

New research on over half a million stroke victims admitted to hospitals from 2007 to 2010 shows that there was no difference in quality of care for those admitted to hospitals with EHRs and those without.

To be sure, this data is from a period just before the federal government mandated hospitals to install EHRs, juiced with $30 billion of payments. Still, it is hard to believe that the government’s artificially accelerating adoption of EHRs that did not do the trick has improved the situation.

This blog has criticized that government program pretty thoroughly. And we are not alone. Over at The Health Care Blog, Margalit Gur-Arie, hardly a right-wing advocate of reducing government’s role in health care, has a scathing indictment of the whole principle upon which the enterprise is based – “interoperability.”

Read the entire entry at NCPA's Health Policy Blog.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

John, behold the electronic cartel. Correct me if i'm wrong here, it seems to me that healthcare organizations use the EMR as a means of market capture, holding on to a "book of business" which the patients inside those systems represent.

Having designed and deployed such systems, I've heard all the hype about how these systems will improve are, which may be the case, still the temptation to use them to control markets is too tempting to be dismissed.