Report: Today's EMRs inadequate for genomics

As if there weren't enough criticism about the ability of EMR software to meet the day-to-day needs of practitioners, a new study published in Genetics in Medicine says that current products are inadequate for genetic and genomic medicine. About three-fourths of geneticists, primary-care physicians, EMR vendors and health IT consultants surveyed said that existing EMRs lack the standards, structure and functionality to help clinicians incorporate genetic data into healthcare.

While the majority of respondents see no immediate demand for EMRs to have such capabilities, they believe that vendors should start thinking about adding the features to meet future needs since they see genetic information starting to have an effect on actual patient care within the next 10 years.

For more information about this study:
- see this report from Occupational Health & Safety
- read the abstract of the actual study