Electronic health records

Panacea or pandemonium?

posted on October 1, 2009 - 3:34pm
An ambitious proposal from the Obama Administration seeks to provide an electronic health record (EHR) for all Americans by 2014. It’s a proposal with far-reaching implications for anyone who receives professional health care, and it has both supporters and detractors.
posted on October 1, 2009 - 3:21pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
With more than $17 billion in taxpayer money up for grabs in the Obama administration’s plans to have an electronic health record (EHR) for every American, many large companies are jockeying for a piece of the action. In May, a group of large businesses announced the formation of the EHR Stimulus Alliance with the avowed purpose of educating health care providers about the tools available to them...
posted on October 1, 2009 - 3:11pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Very few existing EHR systems function well, complicating plans to implement a nationwide electronic health records system. But the Department of Veteran Affairs’ VistA system is a notable exception. VistA connects thousands of VA doctors, 170 VA hospitals and 900 clinics across the country, and contains more than five billion documents and images. A New England Journal of Medicine study found...