SPOTLIGHT: Dim the hype on EHR?

There's plenty of good, bad and ugly when it comes to EHR. But as we bandy about futuristic claims for the technology we may also be lacking a little patience, no pun intended. Just ask Ravi Kalla. As a healthcare software executive with offices in Madison and India, he is pretty well plugged in to the happenings of international software, and as a member of Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's eHealth Care Quality and Patient Safety Board, he's looking at the implementation of EHR. For those hoping that a full nationwide EHR implementation is just a couple of years away, he has some deflating news: Try 10 to 15 years away from a full, and fully functional, implementation across multiple settings, including where it's needed most--emergency rooms. Article

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