HIT experts warn about EHR investment in open letter to Obama

Two healthcare information technology experts have penned an open letter to President Obama, warning him against investing too many federal dollars in existing electronic health records systems.

Existing EHR systems are too expensive, difficult to implement, disruptive to practice workflows, not proven to improve patient care, and don’t do a good job of sharing information with each other, wrote David Kibbe, MD, a technology adviser to the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Brian Klepper, PhD, founder of consulting firm Health 2.0 Advisors.

“If America’s physician practices suddenly rushed to install the systems of their choice, it would only dramatically intensify the Babel that already exists,” Kibbe and Klepper wrote.

Read their letter

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