Saturday, June 30, 2018

Is Technology Ever the Problem?

Electronic Health Records (EHR) were originally introduced and subsidized to cut waste, eliminate red tape, reduce redundant medical tests, save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, and save lives by reducing medical errors.

Instead, according to a study published at BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, the current approach “makes inconsistency and error the standard.” The very tool that was supposed to standardize care is reducing or eliminating quality and causing substandard care. Clinicians are led to believe that the computer knows medicine better than they do. In reality, while a computer can hold medical information, computer programmers are not trained in the practice of medicine. Researchers point out that “substitution of technology for people is a misunderstanding of both.”