Your Money on EHRs

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A new report from the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds nearly half of patient face-to-face contact with health care providers — checkups, emergency room stays, even hospital admissions — were missing from their electronic records.  This after the federal government has invested more than $30 billion in electronic medical records.  Where is the accountability in this?  The government doesn’t care because it is YOUR MONEY.  The EHR/EMR big vendors don’t care because it is YOUR MONEY.  This is why the government needs to stay out of healthcare.  They suck at it.  If your office bought an EHR/EMR system and it was your money you would:

  1. Make sure you actually needed it
  2. Make sure it is built for care and not for billing
  3. Would buy the cheapest and most effective one

This does not happen with the government.  This does not happen even with hospitals who want to show off (this CEO just resigned partly due to trying to implement an EPIC EHR at $170 million!).

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]