The Pluses And Minuses Of Electronic Medical Records

The Pluses And Minuses Of Electronic Medical Records

The shift to electronic medical records is improving quality of care but also raising some costs. A look at the positive and negative consequences of digital health records.

As part of the 2009 stimulus package, doctors and hospitals in the U.S. were offered financial incentives to switch to electronic medical records. Three years later, more than one-third have moved to digital. While the change has improved efficiencies and patient safety, there is rising concern about the vulnerability of the system to fraud. One recent study found that hospitals received billions more in Medicare reimbursements following the switch to digital records. And patient privacy concerns remain. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss the positives and negatives of electronic health records.

Guests

Dr. Don Detmer

professor of medical education at the University of Virginia.

Fred Schulte

senior reporter at The Center for Public Integrity.

Dr. David Levin

chief medical information officer at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari

national coordinator for health information technology at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. John Dooley

internist at Foxhall Group in Washington, D.C.

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