Would it surprise you to learn that the Department of Health and Human Services barely bothered to study electronic health records (EHRs) before nationalizing the program? Physicians are forced to comply with the EHRs by filling out a template for every patient to show the federal government that they are making “meaningful use” of the system.
The rigid system promotes tunnel vision and inhibits doctors’ critical thinking and medical investigation, writes Dr. Jeffry A. Singer, a physician in Phoenix, Arizona, and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. “They (EHRs) force me to physically turn my attention away from patients and toward a computer screen—a shift from individual care to IT compliance. This is more than a mere nuisance: it is an impediment to providing personal medical attention.”
Read more here from Dr. Singer, who suggests that Republicans should focus on ending the mandatory EHRs.