Many studies fail to show evidence that electronic medical records improve quality of care. Since advocates of politically-controlled medicine are pushing this, you might think their real goal is to track what doctors do for the purpose of controlling them and what treatments they can provide you.
A study in this months Archives of Internal Medicine says there’s no evidence. It concludes:
Our findings indicate no consistent association between EHRs [electronic health records] and CDS [clinical decision support] and better quality. These results raise concerns about the ability of health information technology to fundamentally alter outpatient care quality.
- that orthopedic surgeons using PDA made seven times more errors than those using paper-based records
- three other studies showing no evidence that EMRs did not improve quality of care.
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