The EHRs that physicians were enticed to buy were supposed to improve quality, safety, and efficiency. The actual results are quite the opposite. The lengthy, duplicative, often incomprehensible EHR notes are often contradictory or simply false, Huntoon states.
The real purpose of the EHR is to collect higher payments by "documenting" more "bullet points."
The adverse effects that Huntoon recounts include increased identity theft and loss of patient privacy. The EHR is a major contributor to physician burnout. In the event of a power outage or computer crash, a facility may have no access to critical patient information.
"Billions of dollars have been spent on encouraging physicians to adopt a system that works poorly and degrades the practice of medicine to the extent that the doctor literally turns his back on his patients so as to better serve the EHR," he concludes.
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943.
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