10 Sep Digital health records: The hard road ahead
Encouraged by the billions of dollars in government funding, technology companies are making a big push to help bring computerized health records into small-office physician practices.
This is crucial if the goal of bringing doctors’ offices into the computer age is to be achieved, with its promise of improving care and curbing costs. Three-fourths of all the nation’s physicians practice medicine in offices with 10 or fewer doctors.
But the challenge ahead is daunting, for reasons that have more to do with economics than technology. I have covered the efforts to digitize doctors’ offices for years now. From what I’ve seen, the success stories fit into two broad categories.
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