EMRs not even in 'field goal position'

Michael Kirsch, MD, doesn't fancy himself a "Luddite," but expresses extreme skepticism when it comes to electronic medical records. "I believe...that once perfected, [EMRs] will accomplish [their] mission," he wrote in MedCity News. "My quarrel is with those who already claim that the goal line has been reached, or is in sight." Kirsch also feels that, as evidenced by some potential policies [like the possibility of verbal order policy from physicians becoming invalid], such systems were not created with doctors' needs in mind. "What's good for billers and coders may not help physicians in exam rooms with living, breathing patients," he writes. Commentary

Suggested Articles

Roche, which already owned a 12.6% stake in Flatiron Health, has agreed to buy the health IT company for $1.9 billion.

Allscripts managed to acquire two EHR platforms for just $50 million by selling off a portion of McKesson's portfolio for as much as $235 million.

Artificial intelligence could help physicians predict a patient's risk of developing a deadly infection.