It turns out that the increasing use of electronic health records saves neither time nor money, but this hasn’t stopped a rush by the government and the private healthcare industry from
I thought of working words like “debacle,” “scam,” or “bezzle” into the headline, but today is my day to be kind (and the entire topic really demands that I pull on my yellow waders and write another “Credentialism and Corruption” post, which I might do at a later time). However, the headlines give a sense of what a bombshell this study should be for the EHR industry. On the spectrum from reluctant admissions all the way through to The Bezzle:
- Electronic health records don’t cut administrative costs Harvard Gazette (February 20, 2018).
- Electronic Health Records Don’t Reduce Administrative Costs Harvard Business School (February 20, 2018).
- EHRs fall short in reducing administrative costs Health Data Management (February 21, 2018).
- Why health IT experts think Apple will succeed where Google failed with medical records Health IT and CIO Review
- An Introduction to Medicalchain: Blockchain for Electronic Health Records CryptoSlate. (This is from February 8, but I couldn’t resist.)
The complete study (an “Original Investigation”) is here at the Journal of the American Medical Association. Unfortunately, the study is paywalled, and the study material that JAMA exposes muffles the bombshell. From the abtract, the methodology:
IT is going to change the world making unachievable claims based on bad/non-existent evidence, and all we have to do throw money at them.