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Journal Articles Question Plan for Digital Health Records - NYTimes.com
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 08:42:11 -0400
Now that the federal government plans to spend $19 billion to spur the
use of computerized patient records, the challenge of adopting the
technology widely and wisely is becoming increasingly apparent.
Two articles, to be published on Thursday in the New England Journal
of Medicine, point to the formidable obstacles to achieving the policy
goal of not only installing electronic health records, but also using
them to improve care and curb costs.
One article reports that only 9 percent of the nation’s hospitals have
electronic health records, based on a survey of nearly 3,000
hospitals. The study, financed by the federal government and the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is the most definitive measure to date
of the use of computerized patient records by hospitals. The
government-backed study found a far lower level of use than some
earlier, less rigorous surveys.
The study, the authors said, measured only the adoption of digital
patient records. The survey did not ask whether the electronic records
were used to advance the health policy goals of the federal plan, like
tracking the quality of care and communicating effectively with
outside specialists and clinics to coordinate a patient’s care.
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- Journal Articles Question Plan for Digital Health Records - NYTimes.com David Farber (Mar 26)