Electronic health records don’t aid patient care

Electronic health records — touted by policymakers as a way to improve the quality of health care — failed to boost care delivered in routine doctor visits, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
Of 17 measures of quality assessed, electronic health records made no difference in 14 measures, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
The study by researchers at Stanford and Harvard Universities was based on a survey of 1.8 billion physician visits in 2003 and 2004. Electronic health records were used in 18 percent of them.
Many experts believe electronic records can help prevent costly medical mistakes, but few studies have evaluated whether the records actually improve the level of care when compared with paper records.
{The verdict is out: EHRs do not improve the quaility of care. However, they do create complicated privacy issues that have yet to be resolved.  So despite the evidence that an electronic health system is not as efficient as once promised and proof that privacy is of great concern, it appears that EHRs are inevitable. If its not the patient that benefits then who does?}

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