EMR: Not Ready For Prime Time?

Half of electronic medical record systems fail to meet basic functionality standards as set out by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), so reports John Gever at MedPage Today:

…only 20.4% had systems that could order and track tests and prescriptions, record clinical notes, and retrieve and report lab and imaging results — the bare minimum for what’s considered a comprehensive system, an NCHS study showed.

This underscores the need for “early adopters” like yours truly and their software vendors to work on issues like functionality and interoperability before we rush to require every practice and hospital to “go paperless” regardless of whether the technology is ready.  Progress is being made, but we’re just not “there” yet.

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