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