Data Exchange


In study published in Health Affairs (per a Medical Economics blurb), 78% of office based docs have some type of EMR/EHR.  Hooray!  That being said, only 14% of doctors can share this info with other doctors outside their office.  Whoops.  It turns out the data exchange part was all but forgotten.  Not worry.  Each doctor can spend thousands upon thousands to maybe upgrade their EMR so it communicates with the hospital. Maybe.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Data Exchange

  1. R Watkins
    October 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    “only 14% of doctors can share this info with other doctors outside their office”

    And, as we’ve learned from Dallas, sometimes doctors and nurses in the same ER on the same EMR can’t share info.

  2. kurt
    October 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

    F-it. I still do the letter of introduction of referred patients to the specialty folks. I generally receive a stream of
    conscientiousness letter back I find more helpful than the 20 page computer generated disclaimer garbage currently being generated.

  3. Steve_O'_
    September 30, 2014 at 9:04 am

    And the hurdle Meaningful Usefulness #2, or whatever, REQUIRES that you communicate with other providers – no matter what the limitation of the software.
    This reminds me of:
    Step 1. Jump out a one-story window.
    Step 2. Jump out a two-story window.
    Steps 3-10 are under development.

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